Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021
Notice Number: NOT-OD-21-073
In an effort to support strong collaboration between Federal research agencies, NIH has made every effort to align the Biographical Sketch (Biosketch), Other Support format page and Application Form Instructions with the guidance issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy Joint Committee on the Research Environment.
As a result, this Guide Notice informs the extramural community that NIH has updated its application forms and instructions to support the need for applicants and recipients to provide full transparency and disclosure of all research activities, foreign and domestic.
The updated forms and instructions will be required for use for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021.
The revisions serve as updates to the Biosketch and Other Support format page templates used as attachments in our current Forms-F application packages and RPPRs. The forms updates do not change the policies for Biosketch or Other Support.
The changes are as follows:
Biographical Sketch Format Page
Section B ‘Positions and Honors’ has been renamed ‘Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors’.
For the non-Fellowship Biosketch, Section D. has been removed.
For the Fellowship Biosketch, Section D has been updated to remove ‘Research Support.’
As applicable, all applicants may include details on ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that they want to draw attention to within the personal statement, Section A.
Other Support Format Page
The format page has been re-organized to separate funded projects from in-kind contributions.
Signature block added, for Program Director/Principal Investigator or Other Senior/Key Personnel to certify the accuracy of the information submitted. Each PD/PI or senior/key personnel must electronically sign their respective Other Support form as a PDF prior to submission.
Full details are provided in the Notice linked here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-21-073.html
Should you have any questions, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs.