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This guide was created in March 2020, prior to the implementation of PAPPG-20 for NSF grants. PAPPG-20 stands for Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide, and requires the use of a tool called SciENcv for the biosketch portion of grants.



SciENcv is a tool for the creation of biographical sketches during the grant application process. It is a growing requirement to use a SciENcv created biosketch for government grants across agencies. 

Agencies requiring or recommending the use of SciENcv:

  • NSF
  • NIH
  • DoE, Office of Science
  • IES

NSF Expectations

NSF will accept either the NSF-fillable PDF document OR the SciENcv created documents through October 22, 2023. 

On and after October 23, 2023, only the SciENcv-created documents will be accepted. NSF is pushing folks toward the SciENcv tool. Learning it sooner rather than later will make your life easier.

SciENcv Quick Links

Subject Librarians

Your subject librarians are an important part of the grants ecosystem at UT Austin. Below are several librarians with expertise in SciENcv and related programs who can help to answer questions and point you in the right direction. 

Meryl Brodsky (Communication/Information Science)

Hannah Chapman Tripp (Biosciences)

Larayne Dallas (Engineering)

Janelle Hedstrom (Education & Marine Science)



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Hannah Chapman Tripp
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