SciENcv and ORCID to Streamline NIH and NSF Grant Applications

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) applications require biographical sketches in specific formats for successful submission.

There are two ways to approach creating these documents:

  • Applicants may access the biosketch template provided by each agency (NIH Biosketch and NSF Biosketch) and enter or update their information manually.


  • Applicants may use ORCID and SciENcv to automatically generate biosketches meeting the requirements of each agency. (RECOMMENDED) – Follow the steps below
    1. Create an ORCID profile. ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) is an online service that assigns a unique and persistent identifier of all your research-related items, such as articles and datasets, and is required for all proposals to the National Institutes of Health.
    2. Create a SciENcv account. SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) is a researcher profile system for individuals who apply for or receive research funds from federal agencies.
    3. Integrate your ORCID profile with your SciENcv account. This allows you to create biosketches in formats compliant with the NIH and NSF. This blog explains the benefits of integration, and this video explains how to do it.