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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

COVID-19 Consideration

NSF Proposal Guidelines planned to go into effect June 1, 2020 included the requirement of an NSF approved format for the biosketch and current and pending support. Due to COVID-19 and surrounding considerations, this requirement has been pushed back to the date of October 1, 2020. NSF is still encouraging researchers to start using the NSF approved formats. The approved formats include:

  • SciENcv
  • NSF Fillable PDF

All other changes and updates with the PAPPG-20 are still going forward with respect to grants submitted on or after June 1, 2020. 

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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Hannah Chapman Tripp
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