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Biosketch Templates, Examples & Resources 

A biosketch is a streamlined version of your CV (curriculum vitae) requested by most funding agencies and institutions. NIH and NSF both use standard biosketch formats that are periodically updated. Foundation and industry sponsors may also have specific requirements when requesting your CV/Biosketches.

NOTE: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued new requirements for Other Support reporting and Biographical Sketches (Biosketches) submitted on or after January 25, 2022. 

Keep in mind the following when submitting your NIH proposal. These changes may require additional time on your part.

How to Comply with NIH Biosketch Requirements

See Biosketch templates, examples, and resources to the right and recommendations in the table below. See the Other Support Reporting page for related updates.

NIH Biographical Sketch (Biosketch)

ON or AFTER 
January 25, 2022

General

Follow the format and instructions outlined in NIH guidance.

Required

Use of SciENcv to generate Biosketch.

Not required
(available for use)

Section A: Personal Statement

Brief description of why the investigator is well-suited for the role on the proposed project.

Required

Citation of up to four (4) publications or research products that highlight the investigator’s experience and qualifications for the proposed project.

Allowed

Section B:  Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors

List in reverse chronological order all current positions and scientific appointments both domestic and foreign. Include:

  • All affiliations with entities or governments outside the United States
  • All titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments
    • whether or not remuneration is received
    • whether full-time, part-time, or voluntary (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary)

Required

Section C: Contributions to Science

No updates or changes to instructions.

 
Section D:  Research Support

List ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that the investigator wishes to highlight. 

Removed
(up to four (4) research highlights included in ‘Section A’)

FAQs

Any active appointment must be included an investigator's Biosketch, including a VA appointment.

Questions?

  • For further questions about the Other Support reporting process, please email Other-Support-Reporting@umich.edu.
  • For questions regarding reporting Outside Interests in M-Inform, please contact COI.Support@umich.edu for assistance from a U-M COI Office (OVPR COI, MEDCOI).