The samples provided are simply examples of compliant biosketches. Applicants must follow application guide instructions for pdf attachments (font, paper size, margins, etc.), as well as, the biosketch instructions themselves.
Biosketches created using SciENcv conform to all the application guide instructions and format requirements, though there are slight differences from the provided samples.
No. A new biosketch attachment is only allowed post-submission if it is related to a change in senior/key personnel due to the hiring, replacement or loss of an investigator. When allowed, the new format must be used on/after May 25, 2015.
Under some circumstances, news of a late-breaking article can be submitted following the guidelines in the Post-Submission Application Materials policy (see NOT-OD-16-130).
The Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv), which serves as an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies, supports the new NIH biosketch formats. Within SciENcv, you can easily transform an existing biosketch from one format to another (e.g. old NIH format to new NIH format, NIH format to NSF format). See technical bulletin for details.
In general, reviewers base their expectations for contributions based on the seniority of the person filling out the biosketch. A scientist with one publication may want to summarize the key finding of the paper and its importance in a short contribution. Scientists with no publications may wish to provide a contribution describing their efforts on other peoples’ papers and projects (e.g., I used this method, I conducted the literature review for this paper, I care for all the animals in this lab, etc.). If a new scientist has no actual research or thesis experience, they might just want to list one contribution about their training to date. You might want to consult with your colleagues who serve as reviewers in your area of science.
Yes. The NIH encourages investigators to use interim research products, such as preprints, to speed the dissemination and enhance the rigor of their work. See the Interim Research Product FAQs for more information on how to cite this information.