New Requirement for NSF Proposals and Progress Reports Effective October 2023

June 12, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

As federal sponsors have worked to harmonize their disclosure requirements, they have encouraged researchers to use digital persistent identifiers (DPIs) to readily share information related to their professional activities and to simplify disclosure processes across agencies. I write to make sure that you are aware of a related upcoming requirement by the National Science Foundation (Princeton’s largest research sponsor) and to share information about DPIs and DPI-related resources available at Princeton.



SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) is a tool that allows you to create a professional profile that showcases your expertise, education and professional experience. While the NSF has for a number of years encouraged use of SciENcv, the agency will require its use in the submission of proposals and progress reports effective October 2023. The Department of Energy and Department of Defense are also increasingly instructing proposers in funding opportunity announcements to follow the NSF guidance for the Biosketch and Current and Pending Documents. Thus, the DOE and DOD may also effectively require use of SciENcv as of October 2023. 



As you may know, ORCID is a unique identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers and ensures that your work is correctly attributed to you. ORCID is becoming increasingly important in the academic community, and many publishers and federal and non-federal funding agencies now require ORCID for manuscript submissions and grant applications. ORCID is currently the only DPI that meets current federal requirements, and ORCID may be used to efficiently populate SciENcv. Additional information and resources on ORCID and SciENcv is included below.


If you are a researcher who proposes or manages federal funding, please work with relevant University staff over the next months (and by September 15 if you propose/manage NSF funding) to get fully established in ORCID and SciENcv. To assist you in meeting this requirement, the Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA), in collaboration with Princeton Research Data Service (PRDS), will be reaching out to your department administrators to schedule ORCID and SciENcv onboarding sessions. ORPA and PRDS, along with a team of experienced campus users of ORICD and SciENcv, will expertly demonstrate how to set up and complete your ORCID profile and how to link and transfer this information to SciENcv. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, the primary contacts for ORCID and SciENcv are Francine Taylor (8-9056; [email protected]) at ORPA and Neggin Keshavarzian (8-9487; [email protected]) at PRDS.


Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Best wishes,




What is ORCID?


An ORCID ID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a 16-digit persistent, unique identifier. It allows for researcher disambiguation. ORCID records can contain any of the information that you expect to find in a CV. It associates researchers with their outputs (articles, data sets, profile) across their careers, regardless of changes in name and institutional affiliation. ORCID is used around the world by publishers, research organizations, and funders. A researcher’s ORCID ID stays the same! (It’s persistent.)


What is SciENcv?


SciENcv is a profile system that helps researchers maintain the professional information needed for participation in federally funded research, and to use this information to generate NSF-approved Biosketch and Current and Pending Support documents.  SciENcv pulls information from ORCID in order to ease administrative burden, allowing researchers to quickly create and recreate a Biosketch for each grant application or annual report. SciENcv was developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).


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