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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.

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

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 February 10, 2023