The NIH biosketch is required for all NIH and AHRQ 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). Applicants have the option to include a link (.gov URLs only) to a full list of their published work such as My Bibliography.
SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) 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. Blank templates, instructions, and sample biosketches are also available.
NIH has announced Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021. The updated forms and instructions will be required for use for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021.
Questions to NIH related to changes to the biographical sketch and other support templates can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important note for SciENcv users:
The NIH is implementing important changes to eRA Commons and NCBI accounts beginning in 2021. To increase account security, NIH is transitioning to 3rd-party account credentials such as Login.gov or university/institutional access. Your eRA Commons and NCBI usernames and passwords will be going away. This does NOT affect the data in My NCBI, My Bibliiography or SciENcv in your NCBI account or submission data in eRA Commons.
What do I need to do?
For researchers who submit grant applications, creating a Login.gov account and associating it with both eRA Commons and NCBI is probably the most straightforward option.
If your Login.gov account is linked with eRA Commons, it will show in NCBI as an eRA Commons account rather than a Login.gov account, even though you are logging in through Login.gov. eRA Commons-linked Login.gov accounts acts like eRA Commons accounts (i.e. they provide compliance status and grant information).
NCBI users and researchers who do not submit grant applications can link their NCBI account to Login.gov or use InCommon UMMS institutional credentials to log in to NCBI by linking to the partner account for "University of Massachusetts Medical School" (instructions). For those who currently use InCommon Federated account credentials to login to eRA Commons, please note that you may not be able to continue to use those account credentials after September 15, 2021 unless UMMS implements support for two-factor authentication. You are strongly advised to set up Login.gov credentials for eRA Commons. (read more about InCommon credentials)
Access to online journals
Logging in to NCBI using a 3rd-part login such as Login.gov may disrupt the process that our library and others use for access to the full text of online journals, especially when off campus. NCBI is looking into solutions. For now, to help ensure you have access to journals, we suggest activating your "PubMed Outside Tools" preference in your NCBI account. Adding the UMassMed Outside Tool enables the UMass Medical School Check for Full Text Button to always appear when you're logged into PubMed with your NCBI account whether you're on campus or off and regardless of whether you go through the library homepage.
Are your eRA Commons and NCBI Accounts linked?? It is important for an investigator's eRA Commons and NCBI accounts to be linked properly for efficient integration and auto-population of some sections of SciENcv. 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 citation management tool that helps you save your citations directly from PubMed. You can include a link to My Bibliography in your biosketch to provide a full list of your publications.
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 to access the dashboard. 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.)
To set up a PubMed search alert for an author's 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.
SciENcv has templates for each section of the biosketch that make it easy to add and update information. Review SciENcv Help for specific directions on how to edit SciENcv profiles.