Science Experts Network Curriculum Vita (SciENcv) Now an NSF-approved Format

Dear Colleagues:

Please see the announcement below regarding SciENcv. We encourage all faculty and researchers to adopt SciENcv as it is an NSF-approved biosketch format and it is likely to be adopted by other federal agencies in the future.

Nancy Lewis

Executive Director, Sponsored Projects

Office of Research

University of California, Irvine

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Science Experts Network Curriculum Vita (SciENcv) Now an NSF-approved Format

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated the National Institutes of Health’s SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) as an NSF-approved format for submission of biographical sketch(es) and is encouraging its use to prepare a biographical sketch for inclusion in proposals to NSF. 

Use of an NSF-approved format aims to reduce administrative burden and improve efficiencies by providing proposers with a compliant and reusable way to maintain this information for subsequent proposal submissions to NSF, while also ensuring that the information is submitted in a searchable composition.

In accordance with the current Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1), a biographical sketch (limited to two pages) is required for each individual identified as senior personnel on a proposal, and a separate biographical sketch PDF file, or other NSF-approved format, must be uploaded in FastLane for each designated individual (see PAPPG Chapter II.C.2.f.).

Beginning with the next iteration of the PAPPG (anticipated effective date, January 2020), NSF will only accept PDFs for biographical sketches that are generated through use of an NSF-approved format. A description of NSF-approved format(s) will be posted on the NSF website when the PAPPG is issued.

Multiple training resources are available on the SciENcv website. The following website resources may be of assistance in preparing a biographical sketch using the SciENcv format:




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