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NIH Public Access Policy

Instructions and resources to help the UCI research community comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.

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NIH Biosketch

What is an NIH Biosketch?

  • NIH Biosketch is required for NIH grant applications. 
  • It provides an opportunity for each key investigator listed in an NIH grant application to:
    • include a personal statement that describes why they are well-suited to their role(s) in the project. 
    • cite up to four publications or research products, including interim research products such as preprints, that highlight their experience and qualifications for the project.
    • explain factors that might have affected past productivity, such as family care responsibilities, illness, military service, etc.
    • describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science. Students and postdocs with fewer notable contributions may wish to consider highlighting just the two or three contributions they consider most significant. 


Investigators are encouraged to use SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae), a free NCBI tool to create biosketches in the NIH or NSF format.      

NIH eRA Commons, NSF FastLane, and ORCID account holders who have linked their accounts to My NCBI can populate their SciENcv profiles with the biographical information stored in their eRA, FastLane, or ORCID accounts.

SciENcv for NSF Users: Current and Pending (Other) Support

This is a step-by-step tutorial to help you create and maintain the NSF-approved Current and Pending (Other) Support format for proposal submission.

SciENcv home page:

NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.D.2.h(ii):

My NCBI Help documentation on linking accounts, such as from ORCiD to NCBI: #ncbi

SciENcv: Integrating with ORCID

This video focuses on features in SciENcv that help users connect profile and citation information stored in an ORCiD profile, where ORCiD is the free Open Researcher and Contributor ID system.