NIH Updated Biographical Sketch Format - December 2014

NIH and AHRQ encourages applicants to use the newly published biosketch format for all grant and cooperative agreement applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015, and will require use of the new format for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015. Applicants may submit using the new biosketch format for due dates before January 25, 2015, if they wish. 

You can read the entire notice at:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-032.html

The big changes are that the page limit has increased from four to five pages and section C allows the description of up to five significant contributions to science.

You can read the notice here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-024.html

NIH has modified the instructions on how to make changes in a resubmission application: 

Effective immediately, it is sufficient to outline the changes made to the Resubmission application in the Introduction attachment. The Introduction must include a summary of substantial additions, deletions, and changes to the application. It must also include a response to weaknesses raised in the Summary Statement. The page limit for the Introduction may not exceed one page unless indicated otherwise in the Table of Page Limits.

You can read the notice at:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-030.html

You can review some FAQs here:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/faq_biosketches.htm

Below is pasted the new instructions for the SF424 Guidelines which can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424_RR_Guide_General_VerC.pdf

No changes in Kuali Coeus are needed to adapt this update. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

  1. Personal Statement. Briefly describe why you are well-suited for your role in the project described in this application. The relevant factors may include aspects of your training; your previous experimental work on this specific topic or related topics; your technical expertise; your collaborators or scientific environment; and your past performance in this or related fields (you may mention specific contributions to science that are not included in Section C). Also, you may identify up to four peer reviewed publications that specifically highlight your experience and qualifications for this project. If you wish to explain impediments to your past productivity, you may include a description of factors such as family care responsibilities, illness, disability, and active duty military service.
  2. Positions and Honors. List in chronological order previous positions, concluding with your present position. List any honors. Include present membership on any Federal Government public advisory committee.
  3. Contributions to Science. Briefly describe up to five of your most significant contributions to science. For each contribution, indicate the historical background that frames the scientific problem; the central findng(s); the influence of the finding(s) on the progress of science or the application of those finding(s) to health or technology; and your specific role in the described work. For each of these contributions, reference up to four peer-reviewed publications or other non-publication research products (can list audio or video products; patents; data and research materials; databases; educational aids or curricula; instruments or equipment; models; protocols; and software or netware that are relevant to the described contribution. The description of each contribution should be no longer than one half page including figures and citations. Also provide a URL to a full list of your published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as SciENcv or My Bibliography, which are maintained by the US National Library of Medicine.
  4. Research Support. List both selected ongoing and completed research projects for the past three years (Federal or non-Federal support). Begin with the projects that are most relevant to the research proposed in the application. Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and responsibilities of the senior/key person identified on the Biographical Sketch. Do not include number of person months or direct costs.

B. C. D. Don’t confuse “Research Support” with “Other Support.” Though they sound similar, these parts of the application are very different. As part of the biosketch section of the application, “Research Support” highlights your accomplishments, and those of your colleagues, as scientists. This information will be used by the reviewers in the assessment of each individual’s qualifications for a specific role in the proposed project, as well as to evaluate the overall qualifications of the research team. In contrast, “Other Support” information is required for all applications that are selected to receive grant awards. NIH staff will request complete and up-to-date “other support” information from you after peer review. This information will be used to check that the proposed research has not already been Federally-funded