New! Office of Research Videos for Creating NSF-Compliant Biographical Sketches

**Please forward this announcement to faculty**

Click on the links to watch the new Office of Research videos:

·“Best Way to Reduce Administrative Burden when Creating a Biosketch”


·“Populate Your SciENcv Biographical Sketch Using ORCiD”



The National Science Foundation (NSF) is now enforcing the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the preparation of Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support proposal documents.

There are two options for creating an NSF-compliant biographical sketch:

·Generate an NSF-compliant biosketch in SciENcv, which stands for Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae. The Office of Research recommends that you use SciENcv because of the phenomenal burden reduction made possible by linking to other systems. For more information and instructions for linking your accounts, watch the Office of Research videos.

·If you need a biographical sketch immediately, you can use the NSF-fillable PDF, which is available on the website for NSF-Approved Formats, as described below.


Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Websites

·       The NSF Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support websites include links to the updated FAQs, NSF-fillable PDF, as well as complete instructions.

·       NSF recommends you download and save a blank PDF document prior to adding content. Populating content directly into a web browser (e.g., Chrome or Safari) may result in  formatting inconsistencies. The completed and saved PDF can then be uploaded via FastLane,, or


Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Submissions with Active Other Support Changes

·       PIs and co-PIs must include an NSF-approved format for Current and Pending Support when notifying NSF that active other support has changed since the award was made, or since the most recent annual report.

·       This new requirement serves as NSF’s implementation of the revised RPPR, a uniform format for reporting performance progress on Federally-funded research projects and research-related activities.

·       Additional details about the RPPR are on the About Project Reports website.


Compliance is Essential, Due to Automated Compliance Checks for NSF-approved Formats

·       When Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents are NOT provided in an NSF-approved format, it triggers a compliance error. Ultimately this will prevent proposal submission or completion of the post-award action. This compliance check applies to proposals, Change of PI requests, Add/Change co-PI requests, and RPPR submissions.

·       Complete lists of FastLane and automated proposal compliance checks, which became effective October 5, 2020, are available on the Automated Compliance Checking of NSF Proposals website

Please let the ERA Team know at if you have any questions.

Thank you,

The ERA Team

Scroll to Top