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National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF Biographical Sketch (Biosketch)

Proposals submitted or due on or after June 1, 2020 should use one of the following approved formats for creating their biographical skectch:

  • SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae - (Revised May 1, 2020) NSF has partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv 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 Biosketch Fillable PDF Form - (Revised May 1, 2020) NSF is providing 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.

Current and Pending Support

NSF requires information on all current and pending support for ongoing projects and proposals. Approved formats for creating current & pending support are:

  • SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae - (Revised May 1, 2020) NSF has partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of the current and pending support section of an NSF proposal. Adoption of a single, common researcher profile system for Federal grants reduces administrative burden for researchers. SciENcv will produce NSF-compliant PDF versions of the current & pending support format. Proposers must save these documents and submit them as part of their proposals via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov.
  • NSF Current and Pending Support Fillable PDF Form - (Revised May 1, 2020) NSF is providing a fillable PDF of the current & pending support format. Proposers will be able to download it from this page, complete the form, and upload as part of their proposal via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov.

Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) Form

Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information Template (XLSX) - NSF requires the use of the COA Form identifying Collaborative and Other Affiliations Information. The template has been developed to be fillable, however, the content and format requirements must not be altered as this will create printing and viewing errors. This template must be saved in .xlsx format and directly uploaded into FastLane as a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document.


National Institute of Health (NIH)

NIH Biographical Sketch (Biosketch)

Biosketches are required in both competing applications and progress reports.

NIH Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (NIH ASSIST)

The Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) system is used to prepare and submit applications electronically to NIH and other Public Health Service agencies. Prior to using ASSIST, applicants should identify a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to which they'd like to apply. FOAs are posted in the NIH Guide for Grants & Contracts and/or in Grants.gov each of which has robust search capabilities. The FOA text will indicate whether ASSIST can be used to apply to that opportunity. You will need the FOA number (e.g., PA-XX-XXX or LITC-ABCD-XX-000) to initiate an application. Active Grants.gov and eRA Commons credentials are required to prepare and submit applications using ASSIST.