National Institutes of Health: Proposal Requirement Changes

The National Institutes of Health have implemented changes to the proposal requirements that are in effect for all applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2022.

Biographical Sketch

Per NIH Notice NOT-OD-21-073,

  • Section B ‘Positions and Honors’ has been renamed ‘Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors’. This section should include all positions and scientific appointments both domestic and foreign, including affiliations with foreign entities or governments. This includes titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received, and whether full-time, part-time, or voluntary (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary).
  • For the non-Fellowship Biosketch, Section D. has been removed. For the Fellowship Biosketch, Section D has been updated to remove ‘Research Support.’
  • As applicable, all applicants may include details on ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that they want to draw attention to within the personal statement, Section A.

Updated Biosketch instructions and templates can be found at An updated Biosketch template is also available in SciENcv. Investigators with an existing Biosketch in SciENcv can transfer their current Biosketch information to the new format.

Beginning with applications submitted on or after January 25, 2022, failure to follow the appropriate Biosketch format may cause NIH to withdraw your application from consideration.

eRA Commons Registration

All Senior/Key personnel listed on the R&R Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) form will be required to have an eRA Commons username (Commons ID) for inclusion in the proposal. Failure to meet this requirement will prevent the proposal from being submitted. Extension of the existing eRA Commons ID requirement to include all senior/key personnel will facilitate better data collection for individuals contributing to federally funded research as well as assist in disambiguating data on applications and facilitating the identification of conflicts of interest in peer review. See NOT-OD-21-109 for more information.

To set up an eRA Commons account, please contact Sponsored Programs at