Most sponsors require investigators and project key personnel to provide a curriculum vitae (CV) or biographical sketch as part of a proposal. Many sponsors request biosketches be provided to them that adhere to the format specified by either the National Institutes of Health, or the National Science Foundation, or a variant of one of these.  Given different sponsors request this information in different formats, it is highly important to always closely review and adhere to each sponsor’s specific CV or biosketch requirements when preparing these.  Below are links to the current NIH and NSF guidance on their biosketch requirements.




Save time! Stop re-keying and managing biosketches on your computer! Use Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv).

Start creating biosketches, for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), in approved formats for grant submissions. SciENcv profiles also include a user's Open Researcher and Contributor IDentifier (ORCID) ID number, when SciENcv is linked to a registered ORCID.

Benefits of SciENcv

  • Pulls information from other systems, including NSF FastLane, eRA Commons, My NCBI, and ORCID
  • Reduces duplicate data entry and allows quick creation and recreation of approved formatted biosketches for applications and reports
  • Allows granting of delegate access to administrators who support researchers
  • Helps create online professional profiles that can be made public and shared with other researcher
  • Documents your education, employment, research activities, publications, honors, research grants, and other professional contributions

SciENcv is a function within the National Center for Biotechnology Information's My NCBI web application.  NIH eRA Commons, NSF, and ORCID account holders who link their accounts to NCBI can populate their SciENcv profiles with the information stored in their eRA, NSF, or ORCID accounts.  The information transferred to SciENcv can then be changed, hidden, augmented, or deleted.  SciENcv users have full control of the content displayed in their SciENcv profiles.

Access SciENcv through My NCBI - NCBI login options:

  • ERA Commons
  • NSF FastLane Account
  • NCBI account
  • Third-party sign-in option - Type University of Alaska Fairbanks and select "University of Alaska Fairbanks" to sign as a Partner Organization

Additional SciENcv Resources

Create SciENcv Biosketches

Create & Manage My NCBI Access for Delegates

SciENcv home page on NCBI

SciENcv Background Information

SciENcv FAQs

NCBI SciENcv Video

NIH Biosketch

NSF Biosketch