NIH Biosketch Format Changes — A Reprieve

December 9, 2014

grantwriting, sponsors, submission

NIH has implemented a new biosketch format all grant and cooperative agreement applications. However, according to NOT-OD-15-032  issued on December 5, 2014, the use of the new format will not be required for applications submitted before the May 25, 2015 deadline.

For Research Applications Submitted on or after May 25, 2014

For NIH research applications submitted on or after May 25, 2014

PIs may submit using the new biosketch format earlier if they wish, however all applications submitted on or after May 25 will require the new format. 

Features of the new biosketch format:

  • Extends the page limit for the biosketch from four to five pages
  • Allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science, along with the historical background that framed their research. Investigators can outline the central findings of prior work and the influence of those findings on the investigator’s field.
  • Allows investigators involved in Team Science  the opportunity to describe their specific role(s) in the work. Each description can be accompanied by a listing of up to four relevant peer-reviewed publications or other non-publication research products, and include a link to a full list of their published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as MyBibliography or SciENcv.

NIH Biosketch Samples

The revised biosketch forms and instructions available on the SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications page.



About Jessica Venable

Coordinator for Research Development Services, VCU Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

View all posts by Jessica Venable