Research Announcements

New NIH Biosketch Requirements

New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications Submitted for Due Dates on or After January 25, 2015

See more at: NOT-OD-15-024
Dr. Sally Rockey, Deputy Director for Extramural Research, discusses the New Format

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:

Link to the new format pages:

Link to a sample biosketch utilizing the new format (MS word file):


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