What you need to do and don’t need to do for your NIH Biosketch by May 25, 2021–and beyond

Everyone take a deep breath: you do not need to scramble to get your Biosketch and Other Support in the new format by May 25, 2021. NIH caused some confusion in their attempt to clarify the implementation of NOT-OD-21-073, Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page, by indicating that the format wasn’t required but also that the same content was required.  That didn’t make sense, so we asked Mike Lauer to clarify. Per Dr. Lauer:
·        NIH will require the use of the updated format for anything due on or after January 25, 2022.
·        NIH will not require supporting documentation or other content changes or additions until January 25, 2022.
·        NIH may ask you to provide supporting documents or other content prior to January 25, 2022, if necessary.
Our recommendation is to disclose your appointments and affiliations, especially with foreign institutions or governments. Disclose any funding or in-kind contributions you received from foreign institutions or governments. There isn’t a specific format for this: just list it. Be prepared to provide more information if asked to do so by NIH.
In addition, as mentioned in the April 13, 2021 COVID-19 Research Response (requires log-in), if you have any sort of foreign agreements or affiliations that aren’t through OHSU and you anticipate needing to submit Other Support between May 25, 2021 and July 31, 2021, please email our Foreign Disclosure triage service. We will work with you to determine what, if anything, needs to be included and work on obtaining translated documents if agreements are not in English. As a reminder, appointments or employment with external entities must be disclosed as part of your Conflict of Interest submission as described here.
OPAM is working on templates and instructions for the new Biosketch and Other Support documents. NIH provided instructions in multiple places so it’s taking a bit of time and effort to pull these together for a complete picture.We did ask the NIH Grants Policy office a couple of the questions you raised. One answer is helpful; the other they are still thinking about–we expect it to be added to an FAQ at some point in the future, and we will let you know when that happens.
  • Q: If the use of hyperlinks and URLs to cite publications or research products is not allowed, how should we cite an online database as a research product?
A: URLs can be used for relevant citations and publications listed in the biosketch (see this blog post for more details).
  • Q: Re: Section B. Positions, Scientific Appointments and Honors, instructs us to list all positions and scientific appointments. We have faculty who have an extensive list and listing all will not leave room in the 5 page limit to provide information in A. Personal Statement. We are concerned that these faculty will be disadvantaged. Are there any modifications that we can make to provide you the information you want and allow a standard Personal Statement?
A: We will share this question for consideration, going forward.