NSF requirements

NSF Biosketch Guidelines

A separate biographical sketch (biosketches) PDF file must be uploaded for each individual designated as senior personnel. The mandate to use SciENcv only for preparation of the biographical sketch will go into effect for new proposals submitted or due on or after October 23, 2023.

(1) Identifying Information Name of the senior person, ORCID ID, and current position title.

(2) Organization and Location: Name of the primary organization of the senior person.

(3) Professional Preparation: The senior person’s professional preparation (e.g., education and training), listed in reverse chronological order by start date. Include all postdoctoral and fellowship training, as applicable, listing each separately. Also include the baccalaureate degree or other initial professional education.

(4) Appointments and Positions: A list, in reverse chronological order by start date, of all the senior person’s academic, professional, or institutional appointments and positions, beginning with the current appointment (including the associated organization and location). 

(5) Products: A list of (i) up to five products most closely related to the proposed project; and (ii) up to five other significant products, whether or not related to the proposed project that demonstrate the senior person’s qualifications to carry out the project as proposed. Acceptable products must be citable and accessible, including but not limited to publications, conference papers, and presentations; website(s) or other Internet site(s); technologies or techniques; inventions, patent applications, and/or licenses; and other products, such as data, databases, or datasets, physical collections, audio or video products, software, models, educational aids or curricula, instruments or equipment, research material, interventions (e.g., clinical or educational), or new business creation.

(6) Synergistic Activities: A list of up to five distinct examples that demonstrates the broader impact of the individual’s professional and scholarly activities that focus on the integration and transfer of knowledge as well as its creation. Examples may include innovations in teaching and training; contributions to the science of learning; development and/or refinement of research tools; computation methodologies and algorithms for problem-solving; development of databases to support research and education; broadening the participation of groups underrepresented in STEM; participation in international research collaborations; participation in international standards development efforts; and service to the scientific and engineering community outside of the individual’s immediate organization.

(7) Certification: When the individual signs the certification on behalf of themselves, they are certifying that the information is current, accurate, and complete. This includes, but is not limited to, information related to domestic and foreign appointments and positions.

Postdoctoral associates, research assistants/students, and other professionals do not have to use SciENcv, but their biographical information must be clearly identified as “Other Personnel” and uploaded as a single PDF file in the Other Supplementary Documents section of the proposal.

For equipment proposals, the following must be provided for each auxiliary user: a short biographical sketch; and a list of up to five publications most closely related to the proposed acquisition. This information should be clearly identified as “Equipment Proposal” biographical information and uploaded as a single PDF file in the Other Supplementary Documents section of the proposal.

Page Limit: Three pages per biosketch