Writing Your NIH Biosketch in LaTeX

Shirley Zhao

Shirley Zhao
Shirley Zhao is currently an Assistant Librarian (Clinical) at the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. She consults and teaches workshops and courses on information/data literacy, data management, and reproducible research practices. She supports evidence retrieval and synthesis, including literature searching, reference management, and protocol development. Shirley also consults on issues in scholarly communication, publishing, and research software/tools. Her interests include data science; reproducibility; open science; research impact; and science communication.

In December 2014, the NIH released new requirements for the Biographical Sketch (biosketch) for grant applications submitted on or after May 25, 2015. Major changes include:

  • page limit extending from four to five pages
  • describing up to five of your most significant contributions to science
  • for each contribution, listing up to four relevant peer-reviewed publications or other non-publication research products (audio or video products; patents; data and research materials; databases; educational aids or curricula; instruments or equipment; models; protocols; and software or netware)
  • linking to a full list of your published work (e.g. MyBibliography or SciENcv).

Resources you may find helpful as you compose your biosketch:

NIH does not provide a LaTeX template but there are a few floating out there. Thus far, I’ve only been able to find one publicly available biosketch template with the 2015 modifications:

However, it’s not particularly difficult to build your own file with the article class using tables and sectioning. For example, see Professor Rob MacLeod’s Biosketch, which he provides as a .tex file so you can read the code.

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