Recently, NSF released its 2020 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for comment by the research community. In the current draft PAPPG (with a tentative implementation in January 2020), NSF will require investigators to generate their biographical sketches through SciENcv.
What is SciENcv?
SciENcv stands for Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae. The system is designed to assist researchers with assembling their professional information for biographical sketches required for grant proposals.
What is the intended purpose of SciENcv?
It’s intended to reduce the administrative burden of researchers in assembling a biographical sketch or CV for every grant proposal. Additionally, SciENcv will assemble a file which is compliant with the various agency proposal requirements.
Are tutorials available for use of SciENcv?
Yes. A SciENcv Tutorial is available on YouTube.
Will applicants still be able to upload a biographical sketch as a PDF directly into FastLane/Research.gov?
No. From the PAPPG, it appears the only way to generate a biographical sketch as of January 2020 for NSF proposals will be through SciENcv.
Will additional trainings/updates be available?
Yes. The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs plans to host a training session on SciENcv during the Fall 2019 semester. Please watch this blog for additional details at a later date.