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NIH Biosketch Format

NIH grant applicants are required to include biographical sketch (or biosketch) documents with their applications to demonstrate the magnitude and significance of scientific advances associated with their discoveries, and the specific role they played in those findings.

Biosketch Changes Starting May 2021

NIH required a new biosketch format for grant applications and progress reports submitted on or after May 25, 2021,

Biographical Sketch Format Page

  • Section B ‘Positions and Honors’ renamed ‘Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors’
  • For the non-Fellowship Biosketch, Section D removed
  • For the Fellowship Biosketch, Section D updated to remove ‘Research Support.’
  • As applicable, all applicants may include details on ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that they want to draw attention to within the personal statement, Section A.

Other Support Format Page

  • The format page re-organized to separate funded projects from in-kind contributions
  • Signature block added, for Program Director/Principal Investigator or Other Senior/Key Personnel to certify the accuracy of the information submitted. Each PD/PI or senior/key personnel must electronically sign their respective Other Support form as a PDF prior to submission.

NIH Biosketch Resources

The following NIH resources may be helpful as you prepare biosketches.

NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) Resources

Guidance from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIAID)


Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is an online tool from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at NIH that helps researchers create a research profile that complies with the new NIH biosketch format.


My NCBI is a tool that retains user information and database preferences to provide customized services for many National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) databases.

Updated September 6, 2022