I’m excited to provide an update on a new tool being developed that will allow researchers not only to easily compile biosketch information but also populate biosketches for grant applications. NIH has worked closely with six other federal agencies (DOD, DOE, EPA, NSF, USDA, and the Smithsonian), the Federal Demonstration Partnership, and the extramural research community to create a system that will provide comprehensive curriculum vita information, and at the same time reduce the burden associated with applying for research support. This system — the Science Experts Network or SciENcv — enables researchers to easily maintain and generate biosketches for federal grant applications and progress reports, and, as of September, is available to the public in a beta version.
Any researcher can use SciENcv to link their biographical information (education and award history, for example) with publication records in PubMed and myBibliography. Researchers who already have an eRA Commons Account can use it to create a usable NIH biosketch within a few minutes. It also provides a convenient portal to ORCID allowing users to generate and associate a unique international ID with the information in their SciENcv.
NIH’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is designing the system with you, the researcher in mind, reducing the need to manually enter redundant information. We are planning to enhance the capability of the system and allow users to import data from other profile systems and to create NSF biosketches during the 2014 fiscal year. When fully implemented, SciENcv will provide a structured, digital view of biosketch information for grant applications for all participating federal science agencies.
Since its launch we’ve had more than a thousand people sign up, so I invite you to “kick the tires” on the beta version by signing into SciENcv through myNCBI. Your feedback on the existing platform will help us make it easier for you to use, and also help us create a valuable resource – a database that paints a much better picture of the impact of federal research funding and the scientific research workforce.