NIH Update – Forms G and Implementation of Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page effective January 25, 2022.

NIH Update – Forms G and Implementation of Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page effective January 25, 2022.

National Institutes of Health, AHRQ and FDA have announced upcoming changes to grant application forms and application guide instructions for applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2022 in Notice Number: NOT-OD-21-169.

Applicants must use FORMS-G application packages for due dates on or after January 25, 2022.  Applications submitted using the wrong forms for their intended due dates may be withdrawn and removed from funding consideration.  SpartaPre will have the updated forms available on January 14, 2022.  You may create the FP and budget however will need to wait to create the SF424 until Saturday, January 15, 2022 for the new forms to be available in Sparta.

See the complete NIH notice for substantive form changes (i.e., new/deleted/modified fields), Key changes (including use of new UEI, updated Biographical Sketch and Other Support format pages and requirement for eRA Commons ID for all Senior/Key personnel listed on the R&R Senior/Key Person Profile), the High-level Summary of Form Changes in FORMS-G Application Pages, and information on the availability of FORMS-G Application Guides and Application packages.

A reminder regarding the NIH changes to the Bio Sketch and Other Support Pages which were announced on April 28, 2021, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provided the following:

To align applicant and recipient systems with NIH’s longstanding policy requirements and application requirement updates, NIH expects applicants and recipients to use the updated biosketch and other support format for applications, Just-in-Time (JIT) Reports, and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) as of May 25, 2021.

NIH will require the use of the updated format pages for the previously mentioned submissions for anything on and after January 25, 2022. Failure to follow the appropriate formats on or after January 25, 2022, may cause NIH to withdraw applications from or delay consideration of funding.

Please note, applicants and recipients remain responsible for disclosing all research endeavors regardless of the version of the forms used. Therefore, if applicants and recipients choose not to use the updated format pages before ​they are required, applicants and recipients must still capture all the necessary information. NIH is fully committed to implementing the SciENcv template for Other Support in early FY 2022.

NIH encourages the research community to review the currently available resources related to this effort:

  • Updated Biosketch resources, including FAQs and sample Biosketch format pages, can be found here.
  • Updated Other Support resources, including FAQs and sample Other Support format pages, can be found here.
  • Additional resources, including training videos and other materials, will be posted on the pages above as they become available.

Biosketch updates and changes overview-


                Follow the new format:  Biosketch Format Pages, Instructions and Samples | and instructions as outlined Other Support |

Section A: Personal Statement

                Brief description of why the investigator is well-suited for the role on the proposed project is now REQUIRED

                Citation of up to four (4) publications or research products that highlight the investigator’s experience and qualifications for the proposed project is now ALLOWED.

Section B: Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors

                List in reverse chronological order all current positions and scientific appointments both domestic and foreign. Include:

All affiliations with foreign entities or governments

All titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments

whether or not remuneration is received

whether full-time, part-time, or voluntary (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary)

Section C: Contributions to Science

                No updates or changes

Section D:  Research Support

                List ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that the investigator wishes to highlight.  This has been REMOVED, (up to four (4) research highlights included in ‘Section A’)