In early January, in response to a comment posted to DrugMonkey's blog, researcher-bloggers suggested that the National Institutes of Health take a tip from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's CV format. The Canadian format includes a designated place for grant applicants to list any expected interruptions or delays to their work. In an NIH notice posted this week, the agency announces a modification to its biographical sketch format — applicants are now able to list any potential disruptions to their research programs within their personal statements. In response to this change, DrugMonkey says "Thank you, NIH! This is a very nice step to help those, generally women, who have had the … gall to let actual life get in the way of their scientific careers." Commenters at this blog also welcome the change, though some are cautious. Dr. O says that NIH's biosketch modification is "definitely a step in the right direction," while studyzone is wary of the potential that some might misuse the information an investigator now has the option to include.
NIH Took Note
Feb 17, 2011