Navigating the New NSF SBIR Phase I Requirements: SciENcv for Current and Pending, Biosketch, and Synergistic Activities

  • July 2, 2024

Keeping up with the latest requirements from the NSF is crucial for a successful SBIR Phase I application. Recent changes mandate the use of the SciENcv format for several key sections: Current and Pending Support, Biosketch, and Synergistic Activities. Here’s what you need to know about these updates and how to ensure your proposal meets the new standards.

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SciENcv: What It Is and Why It Matters

SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) is an online tool that helps researchers create and maintain biosketches, current and pending support, and other required documents for federal funding applications. The NSF now requires that applicants use SciENcv for these sections in SBIR Phase I proposals. This shift aims to streamline the submission process, enhance standardization, and ensure that all required information is accurately and consistently presented.

Current and Pending Support

The Current and Pending Support section provides information about all ongoing and pending projects for the principal investigator (PI) and senior personnel. With the new mandate, you must use SciENcv to generate this document. Ensure that you include all relevant projects detailing the project’s title, funding source, total award amount, and time commitment. This transparency helps reviewers assess your capacity to undertake the proposed project.


A well-crafted biosketch highlights the qualifications and expertise of the PI and key team members. The NSF now requires the use of SciENcv to format and submit biosketches. This format includes sections for professional preparation, appointments, products, and synergistic activities. Ensure that your biosketch is up-to-date and comprehensively reflects your team’s qualifications and accomplishments.

Synergistic Activities

Synergistic Activities provide a snapshot of how an individual’s professional activities contribute to their field and society. With the new requirements, this section must also be created using SciENcv. Include up to five examples that demonstrate the broader impact of your work, such as organizing conferences, educational outreach, or contributions to standards development.

Benefits of Using SciENcv

  1. Consistency and Standardization: Using SciENcv ensures that all required documents are formatted consistently, making it easier for reviewers to compare applications.
  2. Time Efficiency: Once you have set up your SciENcv profile, updating and generating required documents for future applications becomes quicker and more efficient.
  3. Integrated Data Sources: SciENcv allows you to import data from ORCID and other sources, reducing manual data entry and the potential for errors.
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Preparing Your Application

To comply with the new NSF requirements, start by setting up your SciENcv profile. Input all relevant information for your Current and Pending Support, Biosketch, and Synergistic Activities. Make sure to regularly update your profile to reflect any changes in your professional activities or project commitments.

Final Thoughts

The new mandate to use SciENcv for Current and Pending Support, Biosketch, and Synergistic Activities represents a significant shift in the NSF SBIR Phase I application process. Embracing this change will not only ensure compliance but also streamline your preparation process for future applications.

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