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Ellen Dubinsky

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Why this Matters

Federal funding agencies are increasingly recommending or requiring that applicants use SciENcv to create Biosketches and other forms for use in the grant application submission and reporting processes. After October 23, 2023, the NSF will only accept applications with Biosketches and Current and Pending (Other) Support forms prepared using SciENcv.


What is SciENcv?

Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is an electronic system that researchers can use to create and maintain biosketches that must be submitted with NIH and NSF grant applications and annual reports. SciENcv pulls information from other systems, including MyNCBI, ORCID, and eRA Commons in order to ease administrative burden and allow researchers to quickly create and recreate a biosketch for each grant application or annual report.

What is a biosketch?

A biographical sketch or biosketch is a document highlighting the qualifications of key personnel for a specific role in a proposed grant project. Both the NIH and the NSF require a biosketch for senior or key personnel applying for and renewing grants with each agency.

As of June 1, 2020, NSF began requiring that only PDFs for biographical sketches that are generated through the use of an NSF-approved format would be accepted. You can generate these PDFs via the SciENcv tool or the NSF Fillable PDF. Proposers can download the respective fillable PDF form from the NSF biographical sketch and current and pending support websites and then submit the completed forms as part of their proposals via or

PLEASE NOTE: NSF policy is changing. Beginning October 23, 2023 NSF will only accept Biosketches and Current and Pending (Other) Support forms prepared using the SciENcv tool. UA researchers are encouraged to immediately begin using only SciENcv to prepare Biosketches and Current and Pending (Other) Support forms.