PHS SF424 (R&R) Adobe Forms Version B Application Guide
Part I: Instructions for Preparing and Submitting the Application
Complete the educational block at the top of the format page beginning with baccalaureate or other initial
professional education, such as nursing, and include postdoctoral training, separately referencing
residency training when applicable. For each entry provide the name and location of the institution; the
degree received (if applicable); the month and year the degree was received, and the field of study. For
residency entries, the field of study section should reflect the area of residency.
Following the educational block, complete sections A, B, C, and D as described below.
A. Personal Statement. Briefly describe why your experience and qualifications make you particularly
well-suited for your role (e.g., PD/PI, mentor, participating faculty) in the project that is the subject
of the application. Within this section you may, if you choose, briefly describe factors such as family
care responsibilities, illness, disability, and active duty military service that may have affected your
scientific advancement or productivity.
B. Positions and Honors. List in chronological order previous positions, concluding with your present
position. List any honors. Include present membership on any Federal Government public advisory
C. Selected Peer-reviewed Publications. NIH encourages applicants to limit the list of selected peer-
reviewed publications or manuscripts in press to no more than 15. Do not include manuscripts
submitted or in preparation. The individual may choose to include selected publications based on
recency, importance to the field, and/or relevance to the proposed research. When citing articles that
fall under the Public Access Policy, were authored or co-authored by the applicant and arose from
NIH support, provide the NIH Manuscript Submission reference number (e.g., NIHMS97531) or the
PubMed Central (PMC) reference number (e.g., PMCID234567) for each article. If the PMCID is
not yet available because the Journal submits articles directly to PMC on behalf of their authors,
indicate “PMC Journal – In Process.” A list of these journals is posted at:
http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process_journals.htm. Citations that are not covered by the
Public Access Policy, but are publicly available in a free, online format may include URLs or
PubMed ID (PMID) numbers along with the full reference (note that copies of publicly available
publications are not acceptable as appendix material).
D. Research Support. List both selected ongoing and completed (during the last three years) research
projects (Federal or non-Federal support). Begin with the projects that are most relevant to the
research proposed in this application. Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and
responsibilities of the senior/key person identified on the Biographical Sketch. Do not include
number of person months or direct costs.
Don’t confuse “Research Support” with “Other Support.” Though they sound similar, these parts of
the application are very different. As part of the biosketch section of the application, “Research
Support” highlights your accomplishments, and those of your colleagues, as scientists. This
information will be used by the reviewers in the assessment of each individual’s qualifications for a
specific role in the proposed project, as well as to evaluate the overall qualifications of the research
team. In contrast, “Other Support” information is required for all applications that are selected to
receive grant awards. NIH staff will request complete and up-to-date “other support” information
from you after peer review. This information will be used to check that the proposed research has not
already been Federally-funded.
Once all data have been entered use the scroll bar to scroll up. You will be returned to the Grant
Application Package screen. To remove a document from the Submission box, click the document name
to select it and then click the Move Form to Delete button. This will return the document to the
Mandatory Documents Submission List or Optional Documents Submission List.