CVs and NIH Biosketches

Curriculum Vitae

The curriculum vitae (CV) is your professional biography. In many academic situations, such as the appointment, promotion or tenure process, it is the major source of information about you that is provided to others, internal and external. Therefore, your CV must communicate your activities and accomplishments as clearly and effectively as possible.

For information on preparing your CV, visit our Guidelines for an Effective CV or download a Guide to CVs here. We recommend a CV template: download a Word file of this template here. This template is based on the model created by the AAMC. Download the template and enter your information, delete the instructions in italics,and save under your own file name.

Consider requesting an individual career consultation to obtain feedback on the content and format of your CV.

NIH Biographical Sketch

Most grant applications require a Biographical Sketch ("biosketch"), an abbreviated record of your accomplishments. If you are engaged in research, even as a collaborator, you will need a biosketch. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biographical Sketch is the most common format. It is similar to a CV but limited to five (5) pages with information pertinent to the application.

You can create a NIH biosketch online using SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) to integrate information from your NIH eRA Commons profile and your bibliography in MyNCBI.

The NIH biosketch has recently been revised and the new format must be used for all applications submitted to NIH after May 25, 2015. In addition to biographical information, the biosketch must include the following sections:

  • Personal Statement, which must be targeted to the specific grant application
  • Positions and Honors
  • Scientific Contributions, up to five descriptions, each supported by up to four references
  • Research Support, a selected list of ongoing and completed research projects
  • Link (URL) to a full list of your published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as MyNCBI.

To learn more about the NIH Biosketch, view sample documents and download the current template, please visit the NIH website here.

The Office of Research and the Lamar Soutter Library are providing workshops on the new biosketch format and bibliography databases: for more information and to register, click here and search for "Biosketch".