Beginning with the upcoming May 25 application deadline, NIH biosketch instructions will be modified to enable investigators to describe personal circumstances that may have reduced productivity or impacted transition to research independence, such as family care responsibilities, illness, disability, military service and other personal issues. (see NOT-OD-11-045)
Peer reviewers and others use the biosketch to assess the qualifications and productivity of the personnel involved in the proposed project. With this modification, peer reviewers should have more complete information on which to base their judgment.
Providing information about personal issues is optional. If applicants wish to provide such information they are encouraged to limit such descriptions to a few sentences. As always, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions or would like help with an individual grant.
According to NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Salley Rockey, the change is in response to feedback from the research community. Click here to read her recent blog post on the modification process.