Last modified: Nov 3, 2017

Biographical Sketches

A biographical sketch (limited to two pages) is required for each individual identified as senior project personnel.

Do not submit personal information such as  home address; home telephone, fax, or cell phone numbers; home e-mail address; date of birth; citizenship; drivers’ license numbers; marital status; personal hobbies; and the like.  Such personal information is irrelevant to the merits of the proposal.  If such information is included, NSF will make every effort to prevent unauthorized access to such material, but the Foundation is not responsible or in any way liable for the release of such material.

(a) Professional Preparation

A list of the individual's undergraduate and graduate education and postdoctoral training  as indicated below:

Undergraduate Institution(s) Major Degree & Year
Graduate Institution(s) Major Degree & Year
Postdoctoral Institution(s) Area Inclusive Dates (years)

(b) Appointments

A list, in reverse chronological order, of all the individual's academic/professional appointments beginning with the current appointment.

(c) Products

A list of: (i) up to five products most closely related to the proposed project; and (ii) up to five other significant products, whether or not related to the proposed project.  Acceptable products must be citable and accessible including but not limited to publications, data sets, software, patents, and copyrights. Unacceptable products are unpublished documents not yet submitted for publication, invited lectures, and additional lists of products.  Only the list of 10 will be used in the review of the proposal.Each product must include full citation information including (where applicable and practicable) names of all authors, date of publication or release, title, title of enclosing work such as journal or book, volume, issue, pages, website and Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or other Persistent Identifier.

(d) Synergistic Activities

A list of up to five examples that demonstrate the broader impact of the individual’s professional and scholarly activities that focuses on the integration and transfer of knowledge as well as its creation.  Examples could include, among others:  innovations in teaching and training (e.g., development of curricular materials and pedagogical methods); contributions to the science of learning; development and/or refinement of research tools; computation methodologies, and algorithms for problem-solving; development of databases to support research and education; broadening the participation of groups underrepresented in science, mathematics, engineering and technology; and service to the scientific and engineering community outside of the individual’s immediate organization.

(e) Collaborators & Other Affiliations

  • Collaborators and Co-Editors.  A list of all persons in alphabetical order (including their current organizational affiliations) who are currently, or who have been collaborators or co-authors with the individual on a project, book, article, report, abstract or paper during the 48 months preceding the submission of the proposal.  Also include those individuals who are currently or have been co-editors of a journal, compendium, or conference proceedings during the 24 months preceding the submission of the proposal.  If there are no collaborators or co-editors to report, this should be so indicated.
  • Graduate Advisors and Postdoctoral Sponsors.  A list of the names of the individual’s own graduate advisor(s) and principal postdoctoral sponsor(s), and their current organizational affiliations.
  • Thesis Advisor and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor.  A list of all persons (including their organizational affiliations), with whom the individual has had an association as thesis advisor, or with whom the individual has had an association within the last five years as a postgraduate-scholar sponsor.  The total number of graduate students advised and postdoctoral scholars sponsored also must be identified.

The information in section (e) above of the biographical sketch is used to help identify potential conflicts or bias in the selection of reviewers.

(f) Other Personnel

For the personnel categories listed below, the proposal also may include information on exceptional qualifications that merit consideration in the evaluation of the proposal.
(a) Postdoctoral associates(b) Other professionals(c) Students (research assistants)

(g) Equipment Proposals

For equipment proposals, the following must be provided for each auxiliary user:(a) Short biographical sketch; and(b) List of up to five publications most closely related to the proposed acquisition.