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NIH Public Access Policy & Biosketch

New NIH Biosketch Format

What is an NIH Biosketch?

  • A biosketch is used to highlight each individual's qualifications for a specific role in a proposed project. NIH requires a biosketch for senior/key persons applying for or renewing NIH grants.

What is the NIH Biosketch Format?

MD Anderson Faculty can use the FIS system to output their NIH biosketches. Anyone can use SciENcv to create and store multiple versions of biosketches. 

My Bibliography and SciENcv can both be found in your My NCBI account

Visit Frequently Asked Questions about NIH biosketches for more information.

Biosketch Instructions and Samples:

Formatting Rules:

  • Font size is 11 points or larger; Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface in black font color. 

What is SciENcv?

Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is a new online tool that researches can use to generate an NIH biosketch using information from My Bibliography and eRA Commons accounts. MD Anderson Faculty can use the FIS system to manage their NIH biosketches. All MD Anderson employees can use SciENcv to create and store multiple biosketches.

SciENcv pulls information from available resources (eRA Commons, ORCiD), making it easy to develop a profile that can be readily updated and modified to prepare future biosketches.

Helpful Links & Videos:

Classes & Training:

  • Questions about SciENcv? Contact the library or make an appointment with a librarian at; 713-792-2282.