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New NSF Approved Biosketch 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 the submission of a biographical sketch)es). The use of this NSF-approved format aims to reduce administrative burden and improve efficiencies by providing PI(s) with a compliant and reusable way to maintain this information for subsequent proposal submissions to NSF.

  • NSF is currently encouraging the use of SciENcv for all NSF proposals;
  • It is anticipated this will be the required format for proposals with deadlines in early 2020.

OSPA has created a guide to assist in the development of your biographical sketch using SciENcv. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our office. becomes required for many NSF proposal submission.

Keeping with the transition of proposal and award functions from FastLane to, OSPA will require submission of any full research non-collaborative proposals or, collaborative proposals that include subawardsthrough effective October 1, 2019. has different formatting requirements than FastLane, so we encourage you to familiarize yourself with these requirements here has built-in compliance checks for these formatting requirements, which will ease much of the administrative burden and will allow the PI(s) to focus on the technical aspects of the proposal.

Separately submitted collaborative proposals as well as proposal submission types other than a Full Proposal (Letter of Intent, Preliminary, Renewal, etc.) are not yet available in and should continue to be prepared using the FastLane system.