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1 Writing a Winning NIH Biosketch 4/14/2017Writing a Winning NIH BiosketchRSPH Office of Research and Doctoral Programs, RSPHFebruary 10, 2015Presented by Janet Gross, PhDpresented by Janet Gross, PhD
2 NIH Biographical Sketch c.v. Highly formatted component of the grant proposal that enables reviewers to evaluate the qualifications of the team that will be executing the research project.Place to find all the forms for the applications:Instructions for completing the biosketch is found in the Application GuideFellowship Applicant Biographical Sketch Format Page – Forms Version CExample NIH biosketch is provided for Fellowship grants and for fellowship sponsorsFellowship Applicant Biographical Sketch Instructions and Sample – Forms Version C
4 K awards and other Career Development Awards and other NIH grants Follow the right instructions :There are special instructions for Fellowship (F31, F32)There are special instructions for K awardsFoundations might give you even different instructionsAlways follow the instructions for the particular grant application you are applying for (rather than what your status is now)
5 What does a reviewer look for in the Biosketch? Are you qualified to do the job?Is there a good match between your track record (Training + current activities + publications) and the proposed research aims?Are you a good match for the type of grant you are submitting (e.g., F31, F32 vs. K99/R00 vs. R03)?Do you have peer-reviewed publications relevant to the proposal or those that suggest that you are likely to publish good science in the future (or any peer reviewed publications)?Do you have appropriate time/effort devoted to the project? (Research Support + Budget Justification)Too much time on a grant is as important as too little time
6 Review Criterion for Fellowship Grants Fellowship ApplicantSponsors, Collaborators and ConsultantsResearch Training PlanTraining PotentialInstitutional Environment and Commitment to TrainingYou are evaluated based on your level of training and productivity, your environment and your capacity to carry out the proposed research.You are not your research but you are your biosketch
7 The NEW NIH Biosketch layout Name Position Title Education/Training – in chronological order, include internship, residency, fellowship, Postdoc here A. Personal Statement B. Positions and Honors Academic and Professional Honors Memberships in Professional Societies C. Contributions to Science (for predoctoral students and more advanced candidates only; high school students, undergraduates, and postbaccalaureates should skip this section) D. Scholastic Performance
8 eRA commons user name – obtain this through your grants management office.
9 A. Personal Statement (F32 or similar) Briefly describe why you are well-suited to receive the award for which you are applying. The relevant factors may include aspects of your training; your previous experimental work on this specific topic or related topics; your technical expertise; your collaborators or scientific environment; and your past performance in this or related fields (you may mention specific contributions to science that are not included in Section C). Also, you may identify up to four peer-reviewed publications that specifically highlight your experience and qualifications for this project. If you wish to explain impediments to your past productivity, you may include a description of factors such as family care responsibilities, illness, disability, and active duty military service.
10 Suggestions for writing Personal Statements for non-F grants: Customize the personal statement for each grant proposalMention the name of the grant proposal (e.g., R15) and speak directly to the purpose of this funding mechanismE.g.: My goal for this proposed NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15) is to conduct clinical research while further developing and expanding training with graduate students in nursing and psychology to study the etiology of adverse health outcomes associated with stress exposure in women, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
11 Relatively junior PI (R01 grant) A. Personal StatementThe goal of the proposed R03 small research grant is to determine the quality of life (QOL) of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and uveitis by examining the contribution of both visual and physical disability to QOL. This has been an overlooked area of research because QOL studies in JIA focus primarily on musculoskeletal function related to arthritis. As one of four pediatric rheumatologists in Georgia, I have access to a large population of children with JIA. I also have formed strong collaborations with local pediatric ophthalmologists who care for children with concomitant uveitis which will help ensure recruitment and participation in clinical research. My preliminary finding, supported by an Arthritis Foundation Fellowship Award, demonstrated the independent contribution of visual function in children with JIA and uveitis. Supported by masters training in clinical investigation at Cornell University, I am now poised to pursue the analysis of a larger cohort with a greater age range and more complex outcomes including vision, disability, genetic markers, and QOL. I am qualified to be PI and oversee the multidisciplinary team of physicians and clinical coordinators required to recruit, assess, and follow children with visual and musculoskeletal disability over 2 years.
12 Writing the Personal Statement LengthThe PI needs to read all collaborator’s biosketches and edit accordinglyConvey excitement and passion to do this workDepending on the type of grant, emphasize your role for:Leadership (PI of a R grant)Training potential for you to advance in your field (F32 or K)Track record and experience to support the proposed aimsTone should be confident but not arrogantDon’t just walk us through your accomplishments but speak to the science in this proposal
13 If you are the PI of the grant…. Even if you are a pre or postdoctoral fellow, you need to read/review the Personal Statement of all other contributors to this proposalWHY?Because all Personal Statements must reflect that person’s role on the projectIf people are sponsoring / mentoring / collaborating with you, that should be included in the Personal Statement
14 B. Positions and Honors Use the grid Be thorough Clarify what specific awards/honors were forSometimes you might want to add an alternative (unique) subheader if the grant supports it
15 Example of creative subheader Consultant/Reviewer1989, 1991 National Institute on Drug Abuse, Special Review Committee for AIDS Community Outreach Demonstration Project, ad hoc reviewer1991 Office of Substance Abuse Prevention, high-risk youth grants ad hoc reviewerNational Institute on Drug Abuse, Special Review Committee for the Small Business Innovation Research programNational Institute on Drug Abuse, Drug Abuse AIDS Research Review Committee (Sociobehavioral Subcommittee), Member2004 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Special Emphasis Panel Applications Review
16 C. Contributions to Science High school ResearchBrief narrative (written in 1st person)Abstracts (underline or bold your name)Publications ( “ )Graduate ResearchBrief narrativeAbstractsPublications
17 Thinking about my “Contributions to Science” What goes here?How do I organize this?What do I report?Some ideasIn your previous research experiences, what did the team do and what exactly did you do?What did you learn from what you did?Can you reflect on what you found and how it may have led to the current proposal?Be aspirational – express your professional hopes and desires
18 D. Scholastic Performance Use the grid; Science versus Other coursesDo not tell any falsehoodsBoard scores are not requested (they were in the previous version)
19 Rules 5 pages maximum (used to be 4 pages max.) Follow the directions – use the example as a modelDo not misrepresent any factsList all publications as they would appear in PubMed or in any other searchable database“I should have been first author on that paper but was second. I’ll just change myself to first author for the biosketch.”“The first author and I contributed equally to the paper but the journal did not accept the ‘equal contribution’ designation, so I’ll just show it here in the biosketch.”
20 RecommendationsEach new grant proposal should prompt you to revise your biosketch, especially the Personal Statement (and possibly Contributions to Science), so that it speaks directly to this particular grant proposalPay attention to aesthetics and layout – spacing, font, page breakDoes your printed out biosketch look like the example?Do you need to customize any subheaders to make a point – e.g., teaching or curriculum developmentReviewers are looking for specific information in particular places – make it easy for the reviewer by following the rules and the formatting
21 Biosketch gets loaded on the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Form page For the F31 and F32, you are the PI and your sponsor/mentor is Key Personnel #2For the K awards, you are the PI and your mentoring team are either mentors, consultants, collaboratorsCo-PI is not a recognized roleIf you are not the PI or one of a multiple PI team, you are a Co-I
23 SummaryAlong with the Specific Aims page, the Biosketch is is arguably the most important part of the grantAesthetics and layout matterSell your role in the proposed research in the Personal Statement