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Using ORCID with SciENcv to Create Your Biosketch

Using ORCID and publication indexing services to create an NSF or NIH Biosketch. This step-by-step guide will help you to link your ORCID profile to make it easier to populate your biosketch, then create and export the final biosketch.

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Office Hours: SciENcv Support:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will require biographical sketches and current and pending support to be generated using the online platform, SciENcv, for all NSF proposals due on or after October 23, 2023.

In preparation for complying with this requirement there are open time Wednesday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. set to assist with SciENcv questions, NIH and NSF documentation for Biosketches and current & Pending/In-Kind reporting.

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Scheduled for:  October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; December 6, 13, 20.

Using SciENcv Frequently Asked Questions (Updated September 30, 2023)

Background Information

What is biosketch?

A biographical sketch or biosketch is a document highlighting the qualifications of key personnel for a specific role in a proposed grant project. Both the NIH and the NSF require a biosketch for senior or key personnel applying for and renewing grants with each agency. 

As of June 1, 2020NSF has indicated that only PDFs for biographical sketches that are generated through the use of an NSF-approved format will be accepted. You can generate these PDFs via the SciENcv tool.  Please see NSF's updated memo stating this new requirement. 

Important: You should consult with your research administrator(s) if you have questions about how this will affect your grant submission and deadlines.

What is SciENcv?

Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is an electronic system that researchers can use to create and maintain biosketches that must be submitted with NIH and NSF grant applications and annual reports. SciENcv pulls information from other systems, including MyNCBI, ORCID, and eRA commons in order to ease administrative burden and allow researchers to quickly create and recreate a biosketch for each grant application or annual report.

Information Credits

*Information credit to Stony Brook University Libraries' "Creating and Using Your ORCID Profile: Linking to NIH/NSF Biosketches" and NC State University Libraries "Using SciENcv to Create Your Biosketch"

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  • Mitchell Brown
  • 230 Science Library
  • Office: 949-824-9732