New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications Submitted for Due Dates on or After January 25, 2015
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that it will require the use of a new biosketch format in future grant applications. The format was updated to allow researchers to describe their past experience and qualifications in a way that is clearer and more convenient in this digital age. While researchers can start using the new biosketch format immediately, it will be required for any applications with a due date on or after January 25, 2015.
Significant changes to the format include:
- Extends the page limit from four to five pages
- The “Personal Statement” section now requests highlighting up to four publications in addition to training, technical expertise, and work with collaborators.
- A new “Contribution to Science” section replaces the former “Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications” section, where researchers need to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science.
- The “Contribution to Science” section can provide a URL link to the researcher’s published works as found in a publicly available digital database
Link to the official NIH notice: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-024.html
Link to the new format pages: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm#format
Link to a sample biosketch utilizing the new format (MS word file): http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424R-R_biosketchsample_VerC.docx