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From the NIH Extramural Nexus: The Do’s & Don’ts of Hyperlinks in Grant Applications

The do’s and don’ts of hyperlinks in grant applications are simple:

  • Do include hyperlinks when explicitly requested in application guide, funding opportunity, or NIH Guide notice instructions
  • Do use hyperlinks in relevant citations and publications included in biosketches and publication list attachments
  • Don’t use hyperlinks anywhere else in your application
  • When allowed, you must hyperlink the actual URL text so it appears on the page rather than hiding the URL behind a specific word or phrase. Example: NIH (

See: Reminder: NIH Policy on Use of Hypertext in NIH Grant Applications


Questions about the Biosketch?

Contact Cathy Sarli or Amy Suiter.

Why the Change?

Dr. Sally Rockey outlines reasons for implementation of the new biosketch in her blog posting "Changes to the Biosketch." Other reasons are:

  • Allows for discussion of specific role in discoveries and highlight related papers
  • Focus on accomplishments, not publications
  • Quality of research vs. number of publications and journals
  • A list of publications does not tell a story
  • Helpful for younger investigators



Are you preparing a biosketch for NIH funding? If so, do you need help?

Presentations or hands-on sessions for an overview of the NIH biosketch including two NCBI tools, SciENcv and My Bibliography, to auto-populate a NIH biosketch are available upon request for investigators and/or administrative staff. We also make "office-calls."

If you would like to schedule a presentation for your department, program or division, please contact Cathy Sarli or Amy Suiter.

The Office of Training Grants Library

The Office of Training Grants (OTG) has developed a Grants Library to serve as a centralized resource for investigators. Sample biosketches are available in the Standard Grant Language and Templates folder.
NOTE: WUSTL Key required for access.

Recommendations for Investigators

1. Create a My NCBI account and link the account to your eRA Commons account.

2.  Populate your My Bibliography and keep the publication and research products list updated.

3. Play around with SciENcv. See which parts of the new Biosketch are auto-populated.

4. Try creating a biosketch with data from ORCID, eRA Commons and My Bibliography.

5. Assign delegates to help manage your My Bibliography and SciENcv.

6. Consider a hybrid approach of using the Word Template and SciENcv.

Advice for New Investigators Using the New NIH Biosketch

  • Advice for new scientists on the contributions to science narratives is available on the NIH Biosketch FAQs:

What advice do you have for new scientists filling out their scientific contributions?

It is a little early to tell how each discipline will judge its new scientists. You might want to consult with your colleagues who serve as reviewers in your area of science. In general, reviewers base their expectations for contributions based on the seniority of the person filling out the biosketch. A scientist with one publication may want to summarize the key finding of the paper and its importance in a short contribution. Scientists with no publications may wish to provide a contribution describing their efforts on other peoples’ papers and projects (e.g., I used this method, I conducted the literature review for this paper, I care for all the animals in this lab, etc.). If a new scientist has no actual research or thesis experience, they might just want to list one contribution about their training to date.

  • Discuss your contributions to science narratives with:

o   mentors and colleagues

o   investigators who serve as members of study sections for NIH applications

o   NIH Program Directors associated with the agency or institute likely to fund your research

SciENcv Tool