Biosketch Guidelines

A biographical sketch, or biosketch, is an opportunity for senior and key personnel included in a research application to discuss the professional expertise that makes them qualified to conduct the proposed research.

A biographical sketch, or biosketch, is an opportunity for senior and key personnel included in a research application to discuss the professional expertise that makes them qualified to conduct the proposed research.

Considerations for Your Biosketch

Objective

  • Use your biosketch as a platform to elevate how you are the most fit candidate for the proposed research.

Submitting the Biosketch

  • Senior and key personnel, including the principal investigator, must submit biographical sketches through our Grants Management System.
  • An application is incomplete if the appropriate biosketches are not included.

Formatting your Biosketch

  • Biosketches cannot be longer than three pages.
  • These documents should be written in 12-point font, Times New Roman typeface and in black font color.

Do not include personal identification information

  • A biosketch should not include sensitive or personal information, such as home address, telephone numbers, date of birth, social security number, etc.
  • If sensitive information is included, we will make every effort to prevent unauthorized access, but we are not responsible or in any way liable for the release of such material.

 

Required Biosketch Information

1. Professional qualifications

Provide a list of the individual’s undergraduate and graduate education and postdoctoral training as indicated below:

  • Undergraduate institution(s), major degree and year;
  • Graduate institution(s), major degree and year;
  • Postdoctoral institution(s), area inclusive and dates (years); and
  • Others.

2. Academic and professional positions

Provide a list, in reverse chronological order, of the individual’s academic/professional appointments beginning with their current appointment.

3. Products and publications

Provide a list of:

  • Up to five products most closely related to the proposed project; and
  • Up to five other significant products, whether related to the proposed project.

Acceptable products must be citable and accessible including but not limited to publications, data sets, software, patents and copyrights.

Unacceptable products are unpublished documents not yet submitted for publication, invited lectures and additional lists of products.

Only the list of 10 products will be used in the review of the proposal. Each product must include full citation information including, where applicable, names of all authors, date of publication or release, title, title of enclosing work such as journal or book, volume, issue, pages, website and Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or other Persistent Identifier.

4. Scholarly activities

Provide a list of up to five examples that demonstrate the broader impact of the individual’s professional and scholarly activities. These activities should focus on the integration and transfer of knowledge as well as its creation.

Examples may include:

  • Innovations in teaching and training (e.g., development of curricular materials and pedagogical methods);
  • Contributions to the science of learning;
  • Development and/or refinement of research tools;
  • Computation methodologies and algorithms for problem solving;
  • Development of database to support research and education;
  • Broadening the participation of groups underrepresented in science, mathematics, engineering and technology; and
  • Service to the scientific and engineering community outside of the individual’s immediate organization.

5. Collaboration and affiliations

Please list in alphabetical order:

  • Everyone who is currently, or who has been a collaborator or co-author with the individual on a project, book, article, report, abstract or paper during the 48 months preceding the submission of the proposal.
  • The individual’s own graduate and postdoctoral advisor(s) and the advisor’s current organizational affiliations.
  • Everyone, including their organizational affiliations, with whom the individual has had an association as a graduate or postdoctoral advisor.

6. Biosketch(es) must be submitted through our Grants Management System.

 

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