Changes to Biographical Sketches for All Federal Agencies’ Funding Applications

While a full roll-out isn’t expected until 2016, the NIH and other federal funding agencies will be changing their bibliographical sketch format. (Some researchers have already experienced this change in select RFAs used as pilots for the new biosketch.) The proposed new format will expand from 4 to 5 pages, and it will allow researchers to provide context for their accomplishments, describing their role in research projects, the impact the research has had on the field, etc. This should especially benefit newer researchers who may not have a long list of publications but have garnered experienced through involvement in team research. Researchers may then provide a list of four relevant, peer-reviewed publications for each project outlined in the biosketch, but they may also provide a linke to a complete listing of his or her peer-reviewed publications (via MyBibliography or SciENcv). A potential added bonus is that SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) will include functionality to produce the biographical sketch in the required PDF format. Response to the new format and the SciENcv system seems to be favorable so far. You may try SciENcv now and see what you think–and perhaps you will be a part of one of the pilots before the official launch!

SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae

4 Replies to “Changes to Biographical Sketches for All Federal Agencies’ Funding Applications”

  1. Reblogged this on alexandra cole and commented:
    Increased page limit and expanded room for specifics about the amount and nature of contributions to projects will greatly help collaborative researchers highlight their individual achievements.

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