A biosketch briefly highlights your skills and experience that relate directly to the project being proposed. A CV elaborates in detail on education, professional history including all employment, academic credentials, publications, et cetera. Biosketch information is often drawn from the CV.
Funders are placing increasing importance on investigator profiles in judging the strength of a proposal. A significant component of feasibility is deemed to hinge on who will do the work, as much as on the quality of the project design.
Researchers are well-advised to read and follow funder instructions, and to tailor their biosketches carefully to the project being proposed. Some agencies require a specific format and limit page length for biosketches.
Peer reviewers and program officers are responsible for evaluating the background, skills, and abilities of the researchers for each project.
Most competitions require a biosketch for those in the role of Principal Investigator or Project Director, along with Co-Principal Investigators, and Co-Investigators. Sponsors may require biosketches for other types of personnel listed in the application including collaborating PIs who may receive subawards from ISU on the project. It is important and a good practice to check sponsor requirements. Some agencies will not review a proposal submission if the biosketches included do not conform to stated instructions.
The NSF Grant Proposal Guide section II.C.2.f lists the required content and format for biosketch contents. A NSF Biosketch is limited to 2 pages and is required for each individual listed on the proposal as senior personnel. It contains the following sections:
NIH’s website has template and sample biosketch forms, as well as instructions on the required content. A NIH biosketch is limited to 5 pages and is required for each individual listed on the proposal as senior/key personnel. It contains the following sections:
NIH has made substantive changes to required biosketch contents. Newest additions include: