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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 or approved template:

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

SciENcv Quick Link


The NSF has released a new Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) effective as of October 4, 2021. The full-text of the document and current updates can be found at the NSF website linked here. The PAPPG does contain several relevant updates concerning the Biosketch which will be effective with the new PAPPG. Here is a summary of biosketch related changes:

  • A table entitled, NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support. This table identifies where pre- and post-award current and pending support disclosure information must be provided. Proposers and awardees may begin using this table immediately
  • Increasing the page limit for the biographical sketch from two to three pages;
  • Updates to the current and pending support section of NSF proposals to require that information on objectives and overlap with other projects is provided to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication

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)

Liz DeHart (Marine Sciences)



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