National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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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.

Applications submitted for deadlines on or after January 25, 2022: 

  • Must follow the new Biosketch format.  Failure to do so may cause NIH to withdraw your application from consideration.  See the chart below for some highlights and NOT-OD-21-073 for further details. 
  • All Key Personnel need to to have an eRA Commons username.  See NOT-OD-21-109 for full details.
  • Also note that Forms G go into effect at the same time.

The biosketch changes are as follows:


Format Page


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.