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SciENcv: The Basics

SciENcv is a component of PubMed's My NCBI account designed to help you create a biosketch. It complements My Bibliography, which helps you manage the publications you've authored.

What is SciENcv?

SciENcv SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) is a new tool to help researchers create profiles in the new NIH biographical sketch format. This new format must be used for all NIH grant and cooperative agreement applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.

SciENcv is a component of your PubMed My NCBI account.  It complements My Bibliography, which helps you manage the publications you've authored.

To use SciENcv, sign on to My NCBI with your eRA Commons account or link your NIH eRA Commons account to your PubMed My NCBI account.  This will help integrate the publications listed in My Bibliography and grant information from eRA Commons into your SciENcv profile. 

If you have an ORCID ID you can add it to your SciENcv account; in the future this will allow you to import information and references from your ORCID profile.

 Once you have created a SciENcv profile, it is easy to generate a properly formatted biosketch to use in an NIH grant application.

SciENcv Quick Start

Follow these steps to set up your SciENcv profile.  You will gather your publications from PubMed and then link your eRA Commons account with your My NCBI account.  This will let you use SciENcv to create an NIH biosketch.

  1. Go to My NCBI in PubMed.
  2. Log to My NCBI by clicking on "NIH Login" and entering your eRA Commons ID and password.
  3. Click on "My NCBI" in the upper right corner.
  4. Locate the SciENcv box.
  5. Select "link your eRA account for an expedited setup."  This will make it possible to add PubMed references from My Bibliography into your biosketch.
  6. If you have an ORCID ID, add it to your SciENcv account

There are 3 ways to create a SciENcv profile:

  • From scratch
  • From an existing source (eRA Commons, ORCID, NSF)
  • From an existing profile
    • Hint: Create a basic profile containing all of your background information. User this profile to create specialized biosketches.

Biosketches created with SciENcv can be downloaded in PDF, Word, and XML formats.  The PDF version can be used when filing grant applications through

SciENcv Video Tutorial from NIH


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Assign a Delegate

You can assign a Delegate to help you manage your NCBI Bibliography and/or SciENcv. To assign someone Delegate status, you must send a Delegate request:

  1. Login to your NCBI account (
  2. Click on your username in the top-right corner of the screen to access NCBI Account Settings.
  3. Under Delegates, click Add a delegate.
  4. Enter your delegate’s email address and click OK.

It is possible to edit or revoke Delegate status at any time. Additional information is available on the NCBI Insights blog.



ORCiD is a non-profit organization that aims to solve the author/contributor name ambiguity problem in scholarly communication by creating a central registry of unique identifiers.

ORCiD provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

To link your ORCiD and My NCBI accounts. 

  1. Login to your NCBI account.
  2. Click on your user name to access NCBI Account Settings.
  3. Under Linked Accounts, click Change.
  4. Under All Available Partner Accounts, search for ORCiD or select ORCiD from the list of Login Account Options.
  5. Sign on to your ORCiD account or create a new ORCiD account.