Including ORCID, Biosketches, and Current & Pending Support
Federal funding agencies, specifically NSF, NIH, and the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences require that both Biographical Sketches and Current & Pending Support documents be submitted in either agency-specific PDF forms or documents created through the SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) system, a free online website that helps researchers manage their data. No other formats will be accepted for these documents and it is expected that the use of SciENcv will be required in the near future.
What is SciENcv?
SciENcv webpage: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sciencv/
SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) is an online system that helps researchers assemble the professional information needed for participation in federally funded research. SciENcv helps researchers to gather and compile their information on their applicable expertise, employment, education and professional accomplishments.
NIH eRA Commons, NSF, and ORCID account holders who have linked their accounts to NCBI can populate their SciENcv profiles with the information stored in these accounts. The information transferred to SciENcv can be changed, hidden, augmented, or deleted as the researcher decides. SciENcv users control the content displayed in their SciENcv profiles.
This ability reduces administrative burden on researchers by allowing them to describe and highlight their scientific contributions in their own words, then create and maintain separate biosketches that can be submitted with grant proposals and annual reports, The SciENcv site will produce NSF-, NIH- and Institute of Educational Sciences (IES-) -compliant PDF versions of biographical sketches and the NSF formatted current & pending support documentation for researchers to save and upload as a part of their proposals to these funders.
Principles of SciENcv?
- Any researcher may register
- Leverages data from existing systems
- Data are owned by the researcher
- Researcher controls what data are public
- Researcher edits and maintains information
- Researcher provides own data to describe research outcomes
- Researcher has ultimate control over the data in their biosketch
You can log into SciENcv using your University of Tennessee account (via this link), Fastlane or Research.gov account, eRA Commons account, or your Login.gov, Google, Microsoft, or ORCiD accounts in order to create and fill out your profile. You can also pull information from other systems to assist in filling out your profile, as explained below.
Logging into SciENcv using your University of Tennessee credentials
- On the SciENcv landing page, click the “More Options” button
- At the bottom of the login page, click “more login options”
- In the search box at the top of the screen, type “University of Ten…”
- Click on the “University of Tennessee” link
SciENcv External Links
From the National Library of Medicine
You can gain functionality and save time by entering your publications and research products elements of your biosketch in the ORCID system first, as the SciENcv system can pull data from the ORCID database
What is ORCID?
What is ORCID? Short for “Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier,” ORCID is “an international, interdisciplinary, open, non-proprietary and not-for profit organization created by the research community for the benefit of all stakeholders, including you and the organizations that support the research ecosystem.” It provides a way to identify your contributions to research, scholarship, and innovation through a unique, open digital identifier that helps to distinguish you from every other researcher with the same or similar name, even if you change your name.
By using your ORCID iD, you can save time entering data into the SciENcv system including updates as data can be pulled from the ORCID system. Additionally, if you include your iD when prompted to do so in manuscript submission systems, grant applications, and many more and, with your permission, your information can be exchanged between these systems so you don’t have to enter it manually. This saves you time and ensures the use of quality data that you have approved and your organizations have certified.
ORCID External Links
Biographical Sketch Resources
Customizing your biosketch for each grant proposal is a good idea as it can highlight your most pertinent qualifications related to the proposal, demonstrating to reviewers why you are an asset to the project and how your participation strengthens the proposal. SciENcv allows you to easily edit your publications and contributions to quickly make these customized biosketches.
Current and Pending Support Resources