Other Support and Biosketch Requirements for NIH and NSF

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

For applications, Just-in-Time (JIT) Reports, and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) due on or after January 25, 2022, NIH will require new formats for both the biographical sketch (biosketch) and the Other Support documents. Effective January 25, 2022, the NIH will also require:

  • Supporting documentation, which includes copies of contracts, grants or any other agreement specific to senior/key personnel foreign appointments and/or employment with a foreign institution for all foreign activities and resources that are reported in Other Support. If the contracts, grants or other agreements are not in English, recipients must provide translated copies.
  • Immediate notification of undisclosed Other Support. When a recipient organization discovers that a PI or other Senior/Key personnel on an active NIH grant failed to disclose Other Support information outside of Just-in-Time or the RPPR, as applicable, the recipient must submit updated Other Support to the Grants Management Specialist named in the Notice of Award as soon as it becomes known.

For more details about the changes to the NIH biosketch and Other Support, see NIH Notice NOT-OD-21-073, Notice NOT-OD-21-110, Other Support FAQs, and Biosketch FAQs.


National Science Foundation (NSF)

Effective October 4, 2021, the NSF is requiring the use of new biographical sketch and current and pending support formats, which were updated to incorporate revisions in the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1).

System-related Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available: FAQs on using SciENcv and FAQs on using NSF fillable PDF.

A table entitled, NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support, has been developed to provide helpful reference information regarding pre-award and post-award disclosure information in the biographical sketch and current and pending support proposal sections. The table identifies where these disclosures must be provided in proposals as well as in project reports. A set of FAQs related to current and pending support is also available.

In addition, NSF recorded a webinar on the use of NSF-approved formats.


Friday, January 21, 2022