NIH’s New 2015 Biosketch Form

On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, NIH released NOT-OD-15-024 confirming the required use of a new Biosketch format in applications for research grants submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015.

Prior to January 25, 2015, applicants have the option to use the old or new Biosketch format. The new Biosketch format extends the page limit from four to five pages and it allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science along with the historical background that framed their research. Researchers can outline the central findings of prior work and the influence of those findings on the Researcher’s field. Those involved with Team Science now have the opportunity to describe their specific role(s) in the work.

Each description can include a listing of up to four relevant peer-reviewed publications or other non-publication research products such as audio or video products; data and research materials; databases; educational aids or curricula; instruments or equipment; models; protocols; and software or netware that are relevant to the described publication. Researchers will also be allowed to include a link to a full list of their published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as MyBibliography or SciENcv.

December 5, 2014 Update: NIH released guidance to allow those who are already working on large grant applications due in early 2015 to continue using the old Biosketch format. NIH is encouraging use of the new Biosketch format for grant applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015 and will require use of the new Biosketch format for grant applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.

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About Suzanne Stroud

Suzanne Stroud has volunteered as a mentor for the Research Administrators Certification Council in NY to help other research administrators prepare for the CRA, CPRA and CFRA exams. You may contact Suzanne if you are preparing to study for these exams or will setup study groups.

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