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Grants and Funding: Create a Biosketch Using SciENcv

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Every NIH and NSF grant application requires researchers to submit a biographical sketch (biosketch), which can be completed using the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) tool. The NSF mandates the use of SciENcv, while the NIH so far only encourages its use.

Learn more about setting up your biosketch using SciENcv in the video below, and visit the full guide for an in-depth step-by-step tutorial.

Step 1: Access SciENcv

Option 1:

Go to Click Log in on the top right of the page.

Log in using the third party option of your choice.

Once you have logged in, click the icon on the top right of the page.

The top of the PubMed homepage with the login icon circled

Then, click Dashboard.

The account options dropdown in PubMed with dashboard circled

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Click here to create a new CV" in the SciENcv box.


Option 2

Go to Click Log in on the top right of the page, or select eRA Commons, National Science Foundation, or More Options to login/create an account. 

Login using your preferred option.

If you do not have a MyNCBI account, select “Create a new NCBI account” and follow the prompts.

If you have a MyNCBI account, select “Link to an existing NCBI account.”

Step 2: Using ORCID to Auto-Populate your Biosketch (optional, but time saving)

ORCID is a unique author identifier that you can use when submitting manuscripts to journals, grant applications to funders, and more. Once you register for an ORCID id, you can create a profile on the ORCID website. Learn more about making ORCID work for you.

Before linking your ORCID to your Biosketch, register for an account/log into the ORCID site. Update each section of your ORCID profile as completely as possible, then make sure the visibility of each section of your profile is set to "Everyone" or "Trusted Parties."

Dropdown for changing visibility settings in ORCID

Then, follow Step 1 again to access your SciENcv account.

Step 3: Create a CV

Once you have logged in and clicked the linked to create a new CV, you will see this page:

Name the document and choose the applicable format.

You can either build a biosketch from scratch, or, if you have data in eRA Commons, ORCID, or the National Science Foundation, you can link your profile to that data.

Select ORCID if you want to automatically populate your biosketch with your ORCID profile data. If you have not already linked your ORCID account to your SciENcv account, you will be prompted to do so.

You can add/remove any entry in your biosketch once it auto-populates. 
NOTE: If you update your ORCID profile on the ORCID site after creating your biosketch, it will not automatically update in your biosketch.

To add publications, scroll down to "C. Contribution to Science" and click "Edit section," followed by "Select citations." Click the ORCID tab and select up to 4 citations to add to the section (the biosketch limit). Click "Save citations."

Use the ORCID tab to autofill the Contribution to Science section with up to 4 citations

Once you are done editing your biosketch, use the options on the top or bottom right of the page to download it in PDF, Word, or XML format.

Adding Delegates (Optional)

You can give a delegate permission to update your biosketch(es).

To do this, click on your username at the top right corner of a SciENcv/MyNCBI/PubMed page after you have logged in. Then select "Account settings."

The account dropdown menu in PubMed

Scroll down on the Account settings page until you get to the Delegate section.

Delegates section of the Account settings page

Once you add the email address of your delegate, they will receive an email giving them access via a link. If your delegate does not have a My NCBI account, they will be prompted to register for one.

If you have been added as a delegate, accept the emailed invitation. If you do not already have a MyNCBI account, you will need to create one using any of the login options. Follow the steps above to create/update a biosketch.