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Federal agencies partner up to develop an online tool for researchers to build a universal biosketch to accompany grant applications.

Jef Akst
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Jef Akst is managing editor of The Scientist, where she started as an intern in 2009 after receiving a master’s degree from Indiana University in April 2009 studying the mating behavior of seahorses.

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WIKIMEDIA, MODIt’s the Common Application for the research professional: the Science Experts Network (SciENcv), a beta version of which opened to the public in September, is a new online tool for developing a biosketch and curriculum vitae (CV) with which to apply for federal funding and submit progress reports on existing grants.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Smithsonian, the US Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Departments of Defense and Energy all teamed up with the Federal Demonstration Partnership and the extramural research community “to create a system that will provide comprehensive curriculum vita information, and at the same time reduce the burden associated with applying for research support,” Sally Rockey wrote on her NIH blog, Rock Talk.

Specifically, the network, designed by the NIH’s National Center for Biotechnology Information, allows scientists to build profiles of...

“We are planning to enhance the capability of the system and allow users to import data from other profile systems and to create NSF biosketches during the 2014 fiscal year,” wrote Rockey, who noted that more than 1,000 researchers have already signed up. “When fully implemented, SciENcv will provide a structured, digital view of biosketch information for grant applications for all participating federal science agencies.”

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