Saving Time with SciENcv

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Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is an electronic system that helps investigators assemble the professional profile needed for the application of Federal funds. Investigators can use information maintained in SciENcv to create NIH- and NSF-compliant biographical sketches and other support documents.

Investigators sign in to SciENcv with a login from eRA Commons, NSF, or other third-party option such as ORCiD, NCBI, Microsoft, or Google. Investigators will need to spend time populating SciENcv with information on their professional appointments, education, research activities, sponsored awards, honors, and other professional contributions. Alternatively, for investigators who have this information saved in their eRA Commons profile, they can select eRA Commons as the external data source to automatically populate this information. Investigators will also need to ensure their publications are available in NCBI’s My Bibliography. 

Creating an NIH- or NSF-compliant document is as simple as selecting ‘Create a New Document’ on the main SciENcv screen and populating the selected document with information that is stored in or linked to SciENcv (e.g., publications from NCBI’s My Bibliography).

Once an NIH or NSF document has been created, it can be stored in SciENcv for later use. SciENcv enables users to edit saved documents, adding new information such as more recent or relevant citations and removing outdated or inapplicable information. This functionality eliminates the need to repeatedly enter information in the NIH and NSF biosketch and other support templates. 

Once a document is complete, it can be downloaded in a PDF format that is acceptable for FastLane,, or eRA Commons. Any additional edits should be made using the SciENcv tool.

Look for guides and videos on using SciENcv to create NIH- and NSF-compliant documents to be added to the Research Acceleration Office (RAO) website in the near future. Also, join this week’s RAMAround for a demonstration on using SciENcv to create biographical sketches and other support documents.

Blog post by Tricia Callahan, Senior Research Education and Information Officer, Office of Sponsored Programs and Diane McCarthy, Research Proposal Coordinator, Department of Biology