New NIH Requirements for Other Support and Biosketches.
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NIH New Requirements Beginning January 25, 2022

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued new requirements for Other Support reporting and Biographical Sketches (Biosketches) submitted on or after January 25, 2022.

Keep in mind the following when submitting your NIH proposal, Just-In-Time (JIT) materials, or Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs). These changes may require additional time on your part.

Stay tuned for additional updates from the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP), which we will share on this Announcements page and via the RAP/RAPid newsletters.

Other Support Reporting

Please do not use historical U-M templates or formats for Other Support. Resources and new templates can be found on ORSP's NIH Other Support Reporting page. [See the Biosketch table below and ORSP's  Biosketch page for related updates.]

Other Support

January 25, 2022

Follow the format and instructions outlined in NIH guidance.


Use of SciENcv to generate Other Support

Note: NIH anticipates the SciENcv template for Other Support will be available beginning in FY 2022.

Not required
(optional when SciENcv template made available)

Disclose ALL active and pending sources of Other Support, including:

  • Sponsored projects/proposals (including projects not routed through U-M or conducted as part of a non-UM appointment)
  • External consulting, when an investigator will be involved in the design, conduct, or reporting of research as part of the consulting activities (e.g., work that may result in publication in an academic journal, designing a protocol, data analysis, serving on a steering committee for a clinical trial)
  • In-kind (i.e., non-monetary) resources in support of any of an investigator’s research endeavors including, but not limited to:
    • Personnel (e.g., visiting scholars, visiting students, supported by a non-UM entity)
    • Space
    • Equipment
    • Materials
    • Supplies
  • Note: In-kind resources intended for use on the proposed project should be included as part of the 'Facilities and Other Resources' or 'Equipment' section of the application and not 'Other Support'.

Required (split into separate sections for sponsored projects/proposals and in-kind resources)

Active/pending sponsored project total award amount

Note: For subawards, only the total subaward amount needs to be included

Award Amount

(Direct + Indirect)

All investigators required to submit Other Support must also electronically sign their respective documents using the SignNow e-signature service or similar.

  • A typed name is not an electronic signature and is not acceptable
  • Wet (ink) signatures are not acceptable


Flatten Other Support PDFs after signature.


Supporting documentation for any form of foreign Other Support submitted by the investigator including, but not limited to English language copies of:

  • foreign contracts
  • foreign grants, and
  • any other agreements specific to foreign appointments, affiliations, and/or employment with a foreign institution.

Note: Google translations, or similar, are acceptable but certified translations may be required upon request.


Immediately notify ORSP of undisclosed Other Support (i.e., information that was missing from a proposal at Just-In-Time (JIT) or a Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)).




For submissions due on or after January 25, 2022, note the following changes for Biosketches. Additional resources can be found on ORSP’s Biosketch page


Biographical Sketch (Biosketch)

January 25, 2022


Follow the format and instructions outlined in NIH guidance.


Use of SciENcv to generate Biosketch.

Not required
(available for use)

Section A:  Personal Statement

Brief description of why investigator is well-suited for the role on the proposed project


Citation of up to four (4) publications or research products that highlight the investigator’s experience and qualifications for the proposed project


Section B:  Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors

List in reverse chronological order all current positions and scientific appointments both domestic and foreign. Include:

  • All affiliations with foreign entities or governments
  • All titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments
    • whether or not remuneration is received
    • whether full-time, part-time, or voluntary (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary)


Section C: Contributions to Science

No updates or changes to instructions.

Section D:  Research Support

List ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that the investigator wishes to highlight

(up to four (4) research highlights included in ‘Section A’)

Research Investigator Communications

A similar message will be sent to all research investigators who have been listed on an NIH proposal approval form (PAF) routed or submitted within the last three years.


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