Clarifications on new biosketch format issued

Since establishing changes to biosketch format requirements over a year ago, the NIH has received questions and feedback from the biomedical research community on how to best implement these changes. In response, clarifications on instructions and format pages were issued on Mar. 23 for applications due on or after May 25, 2016, as follows:

  • A URL for a publication list is optional, and, if provided, must be to a government website (.gov) like My Bibliography.
  • Publications (peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed) and research products may be cited in both the personal statement and the contributions to science sections.
  • Graphics, figures, and tables are not allowed.
  • The requirement that the past three years of research support are listed in order of relevance has been removed.
  • There is an option to add other names used to author research products in section A.
  • Research products can include conference proceedings such as meeting abstracts, posters, or other presentations.
  • Research products that are under development, such as manuscripts that have not yet been accepted for publication, can be mentioned in the narrative sections. However, they cannot be included as one of their citations.

The FORMS-D (replacing FORMS-C) application instructions were posted on Mar. 25 and have a single set of biosketch instructions and a link to the new format page. The NIH Forms page can also be used as reference. Researchers are encouraged to use the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) as a tool to build their biosketches. A YouTube video and FAQs are available to assist.

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