Preparation for the New NIH Biosketch

Just a quick post so my blog doesn’t appear abandoned! It has been a while since the last post simply because there is so much going on in funding at the moment that I just don’t have the time to blog anything substantial. To that point, yes, federal funding is on the decline in many ways, but there are a lot of new sources of funding and novel emerging funding models. It’s an exciting environment these days!

The quick bit of advice I would like to share today is regarding the change in the NIH biosketch form. I am finding that a lot of people are really focused on the form itself and strategies for developing a solid biosketch using the new form. That’s great! I have blogged about the new form and those strategies previously, so if you are looking for biosketch strategy, just browse the blog.

What is alarming to me is that people are tending to ignore the need to have all of their publications in a publicly available digital database, like My Bibliography or SciENcv, and to link to the database in the biosketch. If you do not have a publicly available digital database with a full list of your published work already developed, this (dreary) task will take some time. In my experience, getting housecleaning items like this squared away in advance of the final push toward the finish line alleviates a considerable amount of stress.

Additionally, if you are a PI, take the time to assure all of your colleagues who will need to submit a biosketch for your project are aware of the new format, and schedule some time to review the team’s biosketches together to assure they are pertinent and work together. You may also want to assure the publication databases are being developed if they don’t exist already so there are no unpleasant large surprises as your deadline draws near!

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