NIH Update

Last Wednesday I received a panicked call from an applicant that had just pulled together 72 faculty biosketches for his training grant application due on January 25, 2015. His call was indicative of others that raised similar concerns. There have been mixed reviews on the biosketch changes themselves, but strong consensus regarding insufficient lead time for implementing the new format in time for multi-project and training programs due on January 25, 2015.

Concerns raised by the applicant community were the main driver in NIH issuing new biosketch guidance on Friday, December 5th (NOT-OD-15-032). The new guide notice supersedes the previous notice and provides a 4 month (one cycle) transition period which pushes out the date the new format becomes required to due dates on/after May 25, 2015. We still encourage folks to move to the new format for due dates on/after January 25. We plan to remove the old format pages and samples from our web site January 25 (leaving only the most current version approved by the Office of Management and Budget), but will continue to accept the old format until May 25.

This implementation timeline change also allows SciENcv support and updated resources (expected by the end of December) to be in place well in advance of full adoption of the new biosketch format. We appreciate all the SciENcv feedback we’ve received and the team is working hard to ensure the PDF and Word documents produced by the tool meet all the requirements of the new format (including data entry for new fields and compliant fonts and margins).

Sheri Cummins

Communications & Outreach

NIH Office of Extramural Research