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NSF-Approved Formats for the Biographical Sketch

NSF requires a biographical sketch (limited to two pages) for each individual identified as senior personnel. Detailed information about the content is available in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.C.2.f.

Use of an NSF-approved format for the biographical sketch will be required upon implementation of the PAPPG (NSF 20-1), for all proposals submitted or due on or after June 1, 2020.

Approved formats for creating biographical sketches are:

  • SciENcv - (Available now!) NSF is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of the biographical sketch section of an NSF proposal. Adoption of a single, common researcher profile system for Federal grants reduces administrative burden for researchers.
  • SciENcv will produce an NSF-compliant PDF version of the biographical sketch. Proposers must save these documents and submit them as part of their proposals via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov.

  • NSF Fillable PDF - (Coming soon!) NSF will provide a fillable PDF for use in preparation of the biographical sketch. Proposers will be able to download it from this page, complete the form, and upload it as part of their proposal via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov.

Implementation Status

NSF will continue to keep the community informed as approved formats and related information become available.

  • April 2020: NSF's fillable PDF for the biographical sketch will be available for optional use.
  • June 1, 2020: NSF requires use of an approved format for biographical sketches upon implementation of the PAPPG (NSF 20-1), for all proposals submitted or due on or after this date.

Questions

For system-related questions, please contact FastLane User Support at 1-800-673-6188 or fastlane@nsf.gov. Policy-related questions regarding the content of the formats should be directed to policy@nsf.gov.