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New NSF Biosketch Format SciENcv

With the adoption of the new National Science Foundation Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) in 2020, a new NSF Biographical Sketch standard will become mandatory - the SciENcv.

We anticipate that the new PAPPG will be released soon, and the SciENcv requirement will take effect 90 days thereafter.  All researchers intending to participate in NSF proposal submissions after that date should get their SciENcv prepared as early as possible. NSF have informed us that they will be checking if proposals have compliant biosketches compiled in SciENcv and may reject proposals with non-compliant biosketches without review. Thus it is imperative that PIs learn the new system.

In collaboration with SEAS and the Library, we have been working on SciENcv and have found that the most sustainable way to maintain your SciENcv is to first prepare and fill out an ORCID profile, and use that to import information into your  SciENcv account.

There are many resources available online to support you in your preparation of a SciENcv, and, in addition to those external resources available on the SciENcv landing page we have some GW support.

  • The library has a how to page on setting up your ORCID.
  • The library also offers one-on-one meetings to help you get set up with ORCID, bookable here.
  • There are a series of CCAS and SEAS workshops in collaboration with the library, listed below.
  • OVPR now has a webpage on populating your SciENcv biographical sketch.
  • There are lots of how-to resources on the SciENcv hompage.
  • There is an entire YouTube channel of instructional videos.
  • Note that if you search online for your publication management software or online citation management database and ORCID, you may find instructions for how to push your publications into ORCID from your standard publication resource. We have already found that NASA-ADS and INSPIRE-HEP operate in this way.

We will offer workshops across colleges and the library, and share all new information as we receive it.  It is the responsibility of an individual PI to ensure that they have their SciENcv Biographical Sketch ready in time for their next NSF proposal submission.

If you have questions, please reach out to us at

Currently Planned Workshops

Intro to SciEnCV

  • Dec 12, 9:30 am in SEH 2000
  • Dec 17, 10 am in SEH 2990
  • Jan 09, 10 am in SEH 2990
  • Jan 30, 10:30 am in SEH 2990

Short 30 min session to quickly introduce the changes with one-on-one meetings available after.

OrcID for SciENCV

  • Dec 12, 10 am in SEH 2000
  • Jan 09, 10:30 am in SEH 2990

30 minute session with time after for one-on-ones.

SEAS and the Library are hosting OrcID user forums that will focus on how to use the OrcID system to build your Biosketches. These sessions will be useful for new and experienced OrcID users.

Please note: you will find the workshops most useful if you come equipped with:

  • Your laptop
  • Your NSF ID
  • If you already have an ORCID and / or SciENcv account, make sure you know your password.


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