NIH biosketches are changing

Procedures for NIH grant proposal biosketches 
are evolving. The National Institutes of Health reports plans to modify the Biosketch component of its grant proposals. For now (proposals funded in FY2014-2015), the Pilot Biographical Sketch Format Page (SF424) is being tested with particular funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) and full implementation is anticipated for proposals to be funded in  FY2016. The goal of the new format is to facilitate description of the “magnitude and significance of the scientific advances associated with a researcher’s discoveries and the specific role the researcher played in those findings (Rock Talk, May 22, 2014).” Further, researchers will be able to link to their publications list using SciENcv or NCBI’s MyBibliography.

Quick overview of NIH grant proposal changes

For details–

  • Introduction — 1 page
  • Specific Aims — 1 page
  • Research Strategy (6 or 12 pages) — replaces Background & Significance, Preliminary Studies or Progress Report, and Research Design & Methods
  •  Research Strategy — (refer to Review criteria: Significance, Innovation, Approach)
  • Preliminary data or Progress Report — in the Approach section of Research Strategy
  • Resources — describe the environment to support the research project
  • Early Stage Investigators — describe the institutional investment in your research project
  •  Biosketch includes a personal statement — why are you particularly well-suited to perform the project?
  • Biosketch — 15 publications limit
  • Select Agents — describe biocontainment resources available

Article – Restructured NIH Grant Proposal

A short article with a summary of some new NIH guidelines