NSF Biosketch and Current & Pending Guidance

NSF Approved Current and Pending Formats

Use of an NSF-approved format for current and pending support will be required upon implementation of the PAPPG (NSF 22-1), for all proposals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NSF has announced that the specific formats must be used for proposals submitted or due on or after October 1, 2020. NSF has recorded a webinar on the use of NSF-approved formats. Proposers must continue to format these documents in accordance with PAPPG requirements (see PAPPG sections II.C.2.f and II.C.2.h).

Approved formats for creating Current & Pending support are:

  • SciENcv (Revised May 1, 2020) - NSF has partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of the current and pending support section of an NSF proposal. Adoption of a single, common researcher profile system for Federal grants reduces administrative burden for researchers. SciENcv will produce NSF-compliant PDF versions of the current & pending support format. Proposers must save these documents and submit them as part of their proposals via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov. Please see SciENcv FAQs to learn more.
  • NSF Fillable PDF (Revised May 1, 2020) - NSF is providing a fillable PDF of the current & pending support format. Proposers will be able to download it from this page, complete the form, and upload as part of their proposal via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov. Please see NSF Fillable PDF FAQs to learn more.

NSF Approved Biographical Sketch Formats

NSF requires a biographical sketch (limited to two pages) for each individual identified as senior personnel. Detailed information about the content is available in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Chapter II.C.2.f.  Use of an NSF-approved format for the biographical sketch will be required upon implementation of the PAPPG (NSF 20-1), for all proposals.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NSF has announced that the specific formats must be used for proposals submitted or due after October 4, 2021C.2. NSF has recorded a webinar on the use of NSF-approved formats.  Proposers must continue to format these documents in accordance with PAPPG requirements (see PAPPG sections II.C.2.f and II.C.2.h).

Approved formats for creating biographical sketches are:

  • SciENcv (Revised May 1, 2020) - NSF has partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of the biographical sketch section of an NSF proposal. Adoption of a single, common researcher profile system for Federal grants reduces administrative burden for researchers. SciENcv will produce an NSF-compliant PDF version of the biographical sketch. Proposers must save these documents and submit them as part of their proposals via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov. Please see SciENcv FAQs to learn more.
  • NSF Fillable PDF (Revised May 1, 2020) - NSF is providing a fillable PDF for use in preparation of the biographical sketch. Proposers will be able to download it from this page, complete the form, and upload it as part of their proposal via FastLane, Research.gov or Grants.gov. Please see NSF Fillable PDF FAQs to learn more.

Synergistic Activities

A list of up to five distinct examples that demonstrates the broader impact of the individual’s professional and scholarly activities that focus on the integration and transfer of knowledge as well as its creation.

Synergistic activities should be specific and must not include multiple examples to further describe the activity. Examples may include, among others: innovations in teaching and training; contributions to the science of learning; development and/or refinement of research tools; computation methodologies and algorithms for problem-solving; development of databases to support research and education; broadening the participation of groups underrepresented in STEM; and service to the scientific and engineering community outside of the individual’s immediate organization.

Collaborative and Other Affiliations Information (COA)

NSF requires the use of the COA template for identifying Collaborative and Other Affiliations Information. The content requirements specified in the template are consistent with Chapter II.C.1.e of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide. The template has been developed to be fillable, however, the content and format requirements must not be altered by as this will create printing and viewing errors. This template must be saved in .xlsx format and directly uploaded into FastLane as a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document. FastLane will convert the uploaded .xlsx files to PDF. Using the .xlsx format will enable preservation of searchable text that otherwise would be lost. It is imperative that this document be uploaded in .xlsx only. Please see COA Template FAQs to learn more.