Research Development

ScienCV use required for NSF proposals starting October 5, 2020

Please note that recent changes to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide required the use of ScienCV or a set of newly developed NSF fillable PDFs for the creation of both Biographical Sketches & Current and Pending Support documents for all proposals submitted to NSF on or after October 5, 2020.

Generation of these documents using ScienCV is the NSF-preferred method, with the fillable PDFs used as back-up in case of system downtime. It is suggested that investigators start the process by establishing and populating an ORCID profile, as this service has many tools available to import records from academic journal databases and other citation management software and tools. Once an ORCID profile has been established and populated, it can be linked to an investigator’s ScienCV profile to easily import citation information for use in the NSF Biographical Sketch preparation process.

To assist investigators in this process, the Drexel Libraries have developed both a guide to ORCID profiles and a guide to ScienCV’s biosketch functionality. Both ORCID and ScienCV also provide a number of helpful learning resources, FAQs and video walkthroughs on their respective sites, linked above.

More information regarding how to generate a Current and Pending Support document via both NSF-approved methods as well as up-to-date information on these options is available on the NSF-Approved Formats for Current and Pending Support webpage.

If you have any questions during the process of setting up either your ORCID or ScienCV profiles, please contact Jay Bhatt ( or Chad Morris ( via email for assistance.