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Sponsored Projects Toolkit: Creating Your Biosketch

Accessing SciENcv

You can access SciENcv a number of ways. The easiest is by going to and selecting “Click here to start!” You can also access SciENcv via the NCBI’s My NCBI portal, or by going to PubMed and selecting the “Sign in to NCBI” link at the top right of the screen. 

My NCBI is a tool designed for multiple purposes across the NCBI system, including saving and customizing NCBI database searches and creating bibliographies of your own work, in addition to housing the SciENcv system, so if you’re not familiar with My NCBI, finding SciENcv once you’re in My NCBI can be a bit tricky. For most users, the SciENcv box will default to the bottom right corner of your screen, but if you have customized your My NCBI account before, it may be located elsewhere.

Creating a MyNCBI/SciENcv Account

1. Using your web browser, go to and select “Click here to start!”

2. Select ”See more 3rd party sign in options”: scroll down to select ORCID to log in using your ORCID credentials.


3. You will be given the option to create a new MyNCBI account or link your google account to an existing MyNCBI account. 

  • If you do not already have a MyNCBI account:
    • Select “Create a new NCBI account”
    • Select the account you wish to use and log in; this will create a MyNCBI account with your email as the username and send a verification link to your email.

create a new account using an existing google account

4. You’ll see a screen entitled “My NCBI” - this is your landing page for managing tools within the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). 

The easiest way to populate your SciENcv biosketch is through an ORCID iD.  If you do not yet have an ORCID iD, go to the "ORCID" page of this guide to get started. When you’re ready to link your ORCID iD with SciENcv, go back to your My NCBI account and sign in again (if you are logged out) and follow steps 1-4 in the Accessing SciENcv tab on this page.

1. Once you see your My NCBI landing page, you should see your username in the upper right corner.  Select your username. 

2. Use the Change button under Linked Accounts to add your ORCID account.

3. Select "Change" and then search for ORCID.

4. Select ORCID under "Login Account Options," then enter your ORCID username and password, and authorize it. You should now see your ORCID account listed in your Linked Accounts.


5. Select "My NCBI" in the top right corner. You are now ready to go to SciENcv!

*Information credit to Stony Brook University Libraries' "Creating and Using Your ORCID Profile: Linking to NIH/NSF Biosketches"

To create a new biosketch using your ORCID information, go back to your SciEncv account, sign in if you are not already signed in, and follow these steps: 

  1. Give your new biosketch a name (e.g., 2019 NSF biosketch). 
    • For Format, select “NSF Biosketch” (if you would like to create an NIH biosketch, select "NIH Biosketch" instead)
    • For Choose Data Source, select “External source: ORCID” (Once you have created your first biosketch in SciENcv, you can select “Existing Biosketch” and use a previous biosketch as a template, saving you from having to re-do the process described below)
      ***Note that your biosketch will not dynamically update as you make updates to your ORCID profile - you will want to create your Biosketch after your ORCID profile is up to date.***
    • For Sharing, choose if you want the biosketch to be public or private.  You can always change the sharing settings. 
    • Select “Create”
  2. SciENcv will automatically pull from ORCID to populate your new biosketch. This may take a couple of minutes.
  3. Scroll down to find the section on Peer-reviewed publications or References - the name of the section will be different for different Biosketch Formats.
  4. Select "edit this section" or "Show/hide entries." Then select the ORCID tab. Select the articles you want displayed in this biosketch. You will also have the option of selecting from your My Bibliography as well. Once you have checked the ones you want, select "Done."
  5. The articles you selected should then appear in Section C. You can edit what appears there using the "Show/hide entries" option.

Remember that the more you fill in your ORCID profile, the more you will be able to pull automatically into SciENcv when you create a biosketch.

You can find more information on using SciENcv at the following links: 

To troubleshoot issues with SciENcv, you can contact the NCBI Help Desk or