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Grant Preparation Biosketches  Boilerplates Grant Application Sections

Grant Preparation

The CTSI provides comprehensive assistance with multiple aspects of proposal preparation. We augment the assistance available to proposal writers in their home departments, by providing writing and editing services for grant applications of all types. Our goal is to help investigators make their proposals more competitive for funding.

We provide the following services:

  • Searches for potential funders 
  • Editing text for clarity, funder/mechanism guidelines
  • Drafting or revising boilerplate text
  • Drafting letters of support
  • Training grant assistance
  • Interpreting reviewers’ comments
  • Assistance with revising and resubmitting an application

    View more helpful tips on the various sections for your Research Grant Applications or if applying for K, take a look at our K Award Toolkit.


NIH Biosketch

You can find biosketch instructions, templates and examples from NIH here.  

NIH has two formats for Biosketches according to the application type: 

  • Non-fellowship Biosketch: This is the biosketch format used for all grant mechanisms that are not a fellowship (not part of the “F” series). E.g. R01 and others from R series, K series, and others.
  • Fellowship biosketch: for fellowship applications and awards, which belong to the “F” series: F05, F30, F31, F32, F33 and F99/K00. 

Video Series: The NEW NIH Biosketch Format

Watch our short video series to learn tips and suggestions on how to prepare a biosketch using the new NIH biosketch format for applications submitted on or after May 25 2021!

  1. New NIH Biosketch Overview
  2. NIH Biosketch Section A: Personal Statement
  3. NIH Biosketch Section B: Positions, Scientific Appointments and Honors
  4. NIH Biosketch Section C: Contributions to Science
  5. How to use MyNCBI: MyBibliography and SciENcv 

The NIH's FAQ page for Biosketches contains information on which format of biosketch to use, citations rules and acceptable formats, preparation of the Contribution to Science and more.
If you need help with biosketches for other types of grant proposals or other formats, please send your questions to Indra Newman at


SciENcv or Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae is a researcher profile system available in My NCBI, for all investigators that apply for, receive or are associated with federal research funding. 
With this helpful tool, you can develop your biosketch and automatically have it formatted according to NIH guidelines.

SciENcv also helps centralize to your profile information from NCBI My Bibliography, NIH eRA Commons, NHSF FastLane and ORCID ID (now mandatory for Training grants since October 2019, and for F and for K Awards by January 25, 2020). 

For detailed instructions on how to create your biosketch using SciENcv, click here.


The ORCID ID is a persistent digital identifier that you own and control.  
Your ORCID ID distinguishes you from every other researcher. The major advantages include:

  • You can connect your ORCID ID with your professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more.  
  • You can use your ORCID ID to share your information with other systems, ensuring you get recognition for all your contributions, saving you time and hassle, and reducing the risk of errors.

Please note that ORCID ID is now mandatory for Training grants (since October 2019), and for F and for K Awards beginning January 25, 2020.
Register for your ORCID ID by clicking here. 


The CTSI provides boilerplate text of facilities and resources provided by the institution to assist in investigators in preparing grant applications, manuscripts, and other related documents. 

See the entire boilerplate list by logging on to our SharePoint Boilerplate collection page.  If you have updates or information that is not included, let us know at and we will update accordingly.

Internal Submission Requirements

All proposals must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs through Huron Research Suite. Final proposals should be received 3 days prior to the sponsor deadline.

Cite the CTSA

Publications and other documents resulting from utilization of WF CTSI resources are required to credit the CTSA grant. Learn how to cite the CTSA.

Grant Application Sections

Below are some resources and tips to help you navigate the preparation of common sections of NIH proposals.