The Modified NIH Biosketch

NIH and AHRQ require a new biosketch format for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.

Key changes include:

  • Extending the biosketch page limit from four pages to five pages
  • Allowing researchers to included up to four references in their personal statement
  • Allowing researchers to describe up to five of their most important contributions to science
  • Allowing researchers to include a link that provides access to a full list of your published work (peer-reviewed, non-peer reviewed and accepted for publication)
Old Format New Format
Summary of Biosketch Changes
4 page limit 5 page limit
Personal Statement Personal Statement + up to 4 references
5 contributions to Science + up to 4 references for each contribution
15 selected references Up to 24 selected references
Link to online bibliography (“in a publicly available digital database”)


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