NIH Biosketch Format (as of 5/25/2015)

NIH and AHRQ require use of a new biosketch format in applications for research grants submitted after May 25, 2015. This is an NIH format, but it is used by many sponsors, federal, state and private. It is significantly different than in the past. We recommend working on this early in the grant-writing process, as it will take several hours.

Here are the NIH instructions and an example of a new biosketch. Some notable changes are:

  • The page limit increases from 4 to 5 pages.
  • The new Section C, Contribution to Science, requires researchers to describe their most significant contributions (not to exceed 5). Each description should be limited to one-half page or less. (See instructions below.)
  • You can list up to 24 publications instead of just 15. These 24 pubs include 4 in section A (Personal statement) that most directly relate to the proposal plus up to 4 each in up to 5 areas of contributions to science.
  • Optional: Provide a link to a full list of their publications in a publicly accessible database such as MyNCBI or SciENcv 

NEW IN 2015

Section C. Contributions to Science

Describe up to 5 of your most significant contributions to science, and for each of these:

  • Indicate the historical background that frames the scientific problem;
  • The central finding(s);
  • The influence of the finding(s) on the progress of science or the application of those finding(s) to health or technology; and
  • Your specific role in the described work
  • List up to 4 four peer-reviewed publications or other nonpublication research products
  • Each of the 5 ‘contributions’ can be no more than ½ page each including figures and citations
  • Optional but recommended: Provide a URL to a full list of your published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as My Bibliography or SciENcv, which are maintained by the US National Library of Medicine

Section D. Research Support

  • List both selected ongoing and completed research projects for the past three years (Federal or non-Federally-supported).
  • Begin with the projects that are most relevant to the research proposed in the application.
  • Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and responsibilities of the key person identified on the Biographical Sketch.
  • Do not include number of person months or direct costs

BIOSKETCH TEMPLATES AND INSTRUCTIONS WITH SAMPLES