A biosketch is a common proposal element used to asses one’s professional background in relation to the project. The biosketch depicts, in brief, chronological form, the researcher’s professional accomplishments.

The biosketch tells the story of an individual’s expertise to carry out the specific project. Sponsors typically require that PIs highlight only experiences most relevant to the proposal. Bios of all senior/key personnel involved in the project are typically required elements.

NSF Biosketches

NIH Biosketches

Other Sponsor Biosketches

  • DOD – Check individual solicitation requirements
    • Biosketches are typically required for Principal Investigators/Project Directors, and optional, but desired for all Senior Personnel. Content requirements typically include:
      • Education and Training.
      • Research and Professional Experience.
      • Collaborations and Affiliations (for conflict of interest).
      • Publications and Synergistic Activities.
  • DOE – Use format required by the National Science Foundation for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support, either through SciENcv or the NSF fillable PDF template.
  • NASA – See the NASA Proposer’s Guidebook, section 2.15

Using SciENcv for NSF and NIH Bios

SciENcv can streamline the production of NSF Bios and C&P and NIH Bios