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ScienCV for Biosketches

A quick guide on how to use NCBI's SciENcv to create NIH or NSF biosketches.

Introduction

NCBI's Science Expert Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is a research profile system compatible with both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) biographical sketch requirements for funding. Researchers can use SciENcv to compile information on expertise, employment, education, and professional accomplishments to create biosketches for federal grant submissions and reporting. SciENcv also allows users to automatically pull data from outside sources like NCBI's My Bibliography and ORCID to add publications and other accomplishments to biosketches.

This guide covers the basics of creating a biosketch with SciENcv as well as how to add delegates and integrate your SciENcv account with an ORCID id.

NSF Requirements

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires all individuals identified as Senior Personnel to submit a biographical sketch as part of grant proposals. For all proposals due on or after June 1, 2020, all biographical sketches must be submitted in an NSF-approved format. The two approved formats for creating a biosketch include SciENcv and a fillable PDF template. SciENcv will produce an NSF-compliant PDF version of the biographical sketch. Proposers must save these documents and submit them as part of their proposals via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov.

Although the format required for the biosketch is different, the required content remains mostly the same. The only difference is that the definition of Appointments has been broadened for proposals submitted after June 1, 2020. Appointments now include "any titled academic, professional, or institutional position whether or not remuneration is received, and whether full-time, part-time, or voluntary (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary)" (PAPPG 20-1).

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NIH Requirements

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also require biographical sketches for both grant applications and progress reports. NIH recommends using SciENcv to create and format biosketches according to NIH guidelines. However, they do provide instructions, sample biosketches, and Microsoft Word document templates as an alternative.

How to log in and get started with SciENcv

In order to access SciENcv, users must be able to access NCBI, either through eRA Commons, NIH Login, or an NCBI account. Once logged in, users can create and edit profiles for use.

Frequently asked questions, video tutorials, and are also available on the SciENcv website at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sciencv/ in the "About SciENcv" section.

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