NIH Updates - Effective January 25, 2022

NIH Updates for January 2022 (As of August 20, 2021)

The NIH announced changes to the Biosketch and Other Support effective January 25, 2022.


NIH is requiring the use of the revised Biosketch format for all submissions starting on January 25, 2022. Changes to the Biosketch include:

  • Section A: Personal Statement. This section has been updated to include ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years. This was previously known as “Research Support” which was included in Section D of the Biosketch.
  • Section B: Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors. Individuals completing a Biosketch must list, in reverse chronological order, all positions and scientific appointments, both foreign and domestic, including affiliations with foreign entities or governments. This includes academic, professional, or institutional appointments regardless of payment. All full-time, part-time, or voluntary positions (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary) must be included.
  • Section D: Research Support. Section D has been removed from non-fellowship Biosketches. For fellowships, Section D no longer includes research support and is renamed “Scholastic Performance.”

Other Support:

Effective January 25, 2022, NIH is requiring all senior/key personnel to include additional information for Other Support. Senior/key personnel will be required to identify all resources they have received in support of and/or related to their research endeavors. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Resources and/or financial support from all foreign and domestic entities;
  • Consulting agreements; and
  • In-kind contributions.

Senior/key personnel do not need to include training awards, prizes, or gifts on Other Support.

Additional requirements for senior/key personnel include:

  • Providing supporting documentation, including copies of contracts, grants, and any other agreement specific to foreign appointments and/or employment with a foreign institution for all foreign activities and resources that are reported in Other Support. All documents must be in the English language.
  • Immediately updating Other Support and submitting it to the Grants Management Specialists named on the notice of award when an identified senior/key personnel on an active NIH grant fails to disclose Other Support information outside of a Just-in-Time request or the RPPR.

Other Support Format Page: Signature
Signature block added, for Program Director/Principal Investigator or Other Senior/Key Personnel to certify the accuracy of the information submitted. Each PD/PI or senior/key personnel must electronically sign their respective Other Support form as a PDF prior to submission upon request.

After Jan 25, 2022, we cannot change the document because it has been signed. After all signatures are obtained, the attachments should be submitted as a flattened PDF. Applicants and recipients must maintain the original electronic signature and make it available upon request.

All principal investigators and other senior/key personnel must electronically sign the Other Support form, prior to its submission to NIH, certifying that the information is accurate and complete


Biosketch Format Pages, Instructions, and Samples

Other Support and Foreign Components FAQs

eRA Commons ID Requirements

Effective January 25, 2022, an eRA Commons ID must be entered in the “Credential, e.g. agency login” field for all Senior/Key Personnel.  An eRA system validation will be implemented to check for a valid eRA Commons ID, this means you will not be able to submit your proposal from InfoEd if any identified Senior/Key Personnel do not have a eRA Commons ID. For multi-project applications, this requirement also applies to the individual components of the application and not just the Overall component.

NIH Definition of Senior/Key Personnel
The PD/PI and other individuals who contribute to the scientific development or execution of a project in a substantive, measurable way, whether or not they receive salaries or compensation under the grant. Typically these individuals have doctoral or other professional degrees, although individuals at the masters or baccalaureate level may be considered senior/key personnel if their involvement meets this definition. Consultants and those with a postdoctoral role also may be considered senior/key personnel if they meet this definition. Senior/key personnel must devote measurable effort to the project whether or not salaries or compensation are requested. "Zero percent" effort or "as needed" are not acceptable levels of involvement for those designated as Senior/Key Personnel.

Other Significant Contributors (OSC) do not meet the definition of Key Personnel if they do NOT devote measurable effort to the project.

To obtain an eRA Commons ID please email well before the submission deadline.

For more information please the NIH Notice.