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New NIH biosketch format May 25, 2015

May 12th, 2015 by Mary Wood

Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-032

New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications May 25, 2015
Research grant applications, career development, training grant, and all other application types should use the general Biographical Sketch Format Page and instructions and sample.

Tool to Help Build the New Biosketchsciencv_2

SciENcv serves as an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies, and supports the new biosketch format.

SciENcv pulls information from available resources making it easy to develop a repository of information that can be readily updated and modified to prepare future biosketches. A YouTube video provides instructions for using SciENcv.

Start Using SciENcv to Create and Maintain Your Biosketch Profiles


Three changes to the biosketch:

The allowed length has been increased from four to five pages.

Up to five of the applicant’s most significant contributions to science are to be included in section C. Description can include the impact of each, its context and the role of the applicant. The importance of each contribution can be underscored by up to four peer-reviewed publications, videos, patents, databases or other products.

A URL to the applicant’s publicly available bibliography may be provided.

The primary difference is section C. In SciENcv, you can add contributions and select citations to support them from your Bibliography. It also allows you to include a link to your complete Bibliography

Every researcher with a MyNCBI account has access to the MyBibliography and SciENcv tools. If you maintain MyBibliography as you publish and edit the settings to make it “Public,” you will be provided with a URL that you can share on your biosketch.

SciENcv is connected to MyBibliography, and you can directly import the citations you want into section C. To create the new biosketch in SciENcv, click on “Create New Profile.” You will be given three options—to create a profile from scratch, from an external source or from another profile. To minimize the amount of changes you need to make, if you have used SciENcv before, select “from another profile.” If you have an eRA commons account, you can use it as the external source. Both options auto-populate sections of your biosketch. In all cases the type of document that you should create is “New NIH Biosketch.”


UCLA CTSI NIH Biosketch Tips  (includes recorded webinar)

New from AHRQ: Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool

December 4th, 2013 by Amy Studer

For those providing health education to patients, families, or communities, this new resource is freely available online from AHRQ:

The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and User’s Guide:

An Instrument To Assess the Understandability and Actionability of Print and Audiovisual Patient Education Materials

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Description from website:  The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) is a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials. It is designed as a guide to help determine whether patients will be able to understand and act on information. Separate tools are available for use with print and audiovisual materials.

Additional AHRQ resources designed to support improving patient health literacy:

AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center

Self-Management Support Video and Library

Health Literacy Topics (choose For Professionals)

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