The NIH biosketch format (Biographical Sketch Format Page -- Forms Version D) is required for all grant applications. Investigators are asked to describe up to five Contributions to Science (Section C) and can include citations in this section and in the Personal Statement (Section A). The biosketch allows applicants to include a link to a full list of their published work as found in a “publicly available digital database” such as My Bibliography.
SciENcv is a free tool you can use to generate an NIH biosketch using information in your My Bibliography account and eRA Commons account. My Bibliography and SciENcv can both be found in your My NCBI account. My Bibliography should be set up before you set up SciENcv.Visit Frequently Asked Questions about NIH biosketches for more information.
The office of Research Funding Services and the Lamar Soutter Library recommend that UMMS faculty utilize SciENcv to generate biosketches. SciENcv is a biosketch generator and professional profile tool. It is integrated with eRA Commons and the existing NCBI toolkit and pulls both award data and publication data into the biosketch. It is easy to use and enables copying, editing, and saving of multiple biosketches. Review our clinic information below and contact us with any questions!
(last updated May 2, 2016)
Are your eRA Commons and NCBI Accounts linked?? Check your NCBI Account Settings and look under "Linked Accounts." If they are linked, you will see "eRA login" listed here. If eRA is not listed here, the accounts are not linked.
Problems linking your NCBI and eRA Commons accounts? Contact the library! Or email email@example.com. Provide your NCBI user name, eRA Commons user name, and the email address(es) associated with the accounts.
My Bibliography is a reference tool that helps you save your citations directly from PubMed. To comply with the NIH biosketch requirements, you can include a link to My Bibliography to provide a full list of your publications.
Here are the steps to add citations to My Bibliography:
1. Log in to My NCBI.
2. Search for all of your publications in PubMed. Use the “send to” menu on the search results page to send the citations to My Bibliography.
3. Click on “My NCBI” in the upper right corner. Look for the My Bibliography box.
4. Click on “Manage My Bibliography.” Your My Bibliography should be populated with all of your citations.
5. At the top of the page is a link to make your bibliography “public.” When you click on this, it will show you the “public URL” that you can paste into your biosketch.
6. Keep your My Bibliography up-to-date by periodically adding citations for your newly-published articles. (Hint: Set up a search alert for your publications.)
SciENcv is a recommended tool designed to facilitate the creation of biosketches for NIH and NSF grant applications and annual progress reports.
First, set up your My Bibliography as outlined in Step 2 above. Then follow these steps:
For future proposals, you can create a new biosketch using Existing Biosketch as the data source to reuse elements.
Brief video from NCBI showing how to set up SciENcv