Request for Information (RFI): Input on Proposed Modifications of the
Biographical Sketch Used in NIH Grant Applications
Summary: The NIH has established a Working Group to examine the content
of the Biographical Sketch (Biosketch) submitted with all NIH grant,
cooperative agreement, and fellowship applications. … The NIH Working
Group … seeks input to determine whether a short, documented
description of an investigator’s scientific contributions could offer a
better indication of an individual’s scientific capabilities and
accomplishments than the list of publications that currently appears in
the Biosketch. Will this modification help level the playing field
across academic institutions and career stages, and more accurately
describe advances that may have originated in collaborative,
multi-author and team research settings? Will the proposed modification
increase the quality and relevance of information available to peer
reviewers? Will the benefits of this modification accrue to the
following types of applicants?
Please note that responses to this RFI will only be accepted
electronically and that responses are due by June 29, 2012.
Department Administrators: Please redistribute this message to faculty
and researchers in your department.
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