This guide adapted from "Using SciENcv to Create Your Biosketch" created by Hillary Davis and Jason Ronallo of North Carolina State University. Our thanks to NCSU Libraries for granting permission to re-use and modify this resource.
August 16, 2023 Update: SciENcv has updated the user interface for NSF Biosketches and Current & Pending (Other) Support Forms. The new user-friendly interface is easier to navigate and clearly identifies fields that need updating or completing. Researchers and their delegates can still access their existing SciENcv forms.
NIH and IES (Department of Education) biolsketch forms have not been updated to the new interface.
Creating your Biosketch
To create a new biosketch using your ORCID information, go back to your SciEncv account, sign in if you are not already signed in, and follow these steps:
1. Give your new biosketch a name (e.g. NSF Biosketch January 2020).
Select a Format for the biosketch: e.g. NIH Biosketch or NSF Biosketch
For Choose Data Source, select “External source: ORCID” (Once you have created your first biosketch in SciENcv, you can select “Existing Biosketch” and use a previous biosketch as a template, saving you from having to re-do the process described below)
Please Note: Your biosketch will not dynamically update as you make updates to your ORCID profile - you will want to create your Biosketch after your ORCID profile is up to date.
For Sharing, choose if you want the biosketch to be public or private. You can always change the sharing settings.
Click on "Create"
2. SciENcv will automatically pull from ORCID to populate your new biosketch. This may take a couple of minutes.
3. Scroll down to find the section on Peer-reviewed publications or References - the name of the section will be different for different Biosketch Formats.
4. Select "edit this section" or "Show/hide entries." Then select the ORCID tab. Select the articles you want displayed in this biosketch. You will also have the option of selecting from your My Bibliography as well.
5. The articles you selected should then appear in Section C. You can edit what appears there using the "Show/hide entries" option.
TIP: The more you fill in your ORCID profile, the more you will be able to pull automatically into SciENcv when you create a biosketch.
Chronological Order within Biosketch Sections
The NSF PAPPG (effective January 30, 2023) includes a requirement that the items listed in the Professional Preparation and Appointment & Positions section of the Biosketch be organized in reverse chronological order.
The senior personnel’s Professional Preparation (e.g., education and training) listed in the Biosketch should be organized in reverse chronological order by start date.
The senior personnel’s Appointments & Positions should list all of the person’s academic, professional, or institutional appointments and positions, beginning with the current appointment.
Tip: If you are pulling in data from your ORCID account when starting an NSF Biosketch, make sure to sort the Employment and Education & Qualifications sections of your ORCID account in reverse chronological order prior to importing the data into SciENcv.