Consultant Letter - Biosketch for Strategically Focused Research Network

Published: August 17, 2020

A consultant contributes to the scientific development or execution of the project in a discrete way. Typically, a consultant has a doctoral or other professional degree. A consultant may provide discrete services which are performed in a limited window of time or occasionally contribute a specific method/technique/analysis or materials for the project.

As a consultant, you will need to provide supporting documentation (items 1 and 2 below) for the research application.

Note: The applicant cannot submit his/her application without your document; therefore, it is important that you meet the applicant's deadline. Send your document electronically to the applicant. The applicant will upload the document to his/her application.

Supporting Documentation for an Application

  1. Letter should provide a brief overview of their qualifications, experience, description of specific service for the project, amount of time devoted to and commitment relative to the research project. (2 page maximum)

  2. Biographical sketch (not to exceed 5 pages). The information required in the Biographical Sketch is similar in format to the PHS SF424 (R&R) Biographical Sketch used by the NIH. If you have a copy of a current biographical sketch that you submitted with an NIH application, you may use it for this AHA application. If you do not have an NIH biographical sketch, create a document following the format/type requirements and guidelines illustrated below.

The information required in the Biographical Sketch is similar in format to the PHS SF424 (R&R) Biographical Sketch used by the NIH. If you have a copy of a current biographical sketch that you submitted with an NIH application you may use it, however, please note Item 1 below (Variances from Ordinary Career Progression). If any of these circumstances apply to you, be sure to add this information to the Biographical Sketch provided to the AHA (within the five pages allowed).

If you don't have an NIH biographical sketch, create a document using the format below, as a guide. The bolded items should be used as sub-headings.

Convert the biographical sketch to Portable Document Format (pdf) prior to uploading to ProposalCentral. Do not exceed five pages for the entire AHA Biographical Sketch (including bibliography). A document that exceeds the page limit and format type will be rejected by ProposalCentral.

Applicant/PI's Name (First) (Middle) (Last) (Jr./Sr./etc.) (Degrees)

Position Title:

Education/Training (Begin with entry into college and include postdoctoral training.)

Dates Attended  Institution & Location  Degree (if applicable)  Conferred (mm/yy)  Field of Study 

  1. Variances from Ordinary Career Progression (complete if applicable)
    Address personal variances from ordinary career progression, including part-time work, child-rearing years, military service, unusual circumstances that led to gaps in research experience. If you have had a name change (changed your name for any reason) and your name does not match the name on your publications, please address this briefly here. (For instance, your publication history reflects your maiden name and you have recently married and begun publishing under your married name.)

  2. Positions/Employment, Memberships and Honors
    List in chronological order previous positions, concluding with your present position. Include start/end dates, position title, name of organization and department. List other experience and professional memberships, and academic/professional honors received. If necessary, senior applicants may list previous employment for the past 15 years and should be selective regarding memberships/honors.

  3. Peer Reviewed Publications
    List in chronological order, selected peer-reviewed publications. Do not include publications submitted or in preparation. Note: Fellowship applicants should list all significant earlier publications even if they are not relevant to the proposed project (unless the page limit will be exceeded). Articles accepted for publication and abstracts may be listed. If you have no publications, indicate NONE in this item.

  4. Research Support
    List selected ongoing or completed (during the last three years) research projects. Give project number, agency, title of project, and dates of award. Then, briefly indicate the overall goals of the project and your role (e.g., PI, co-investigator, consultant) in the research project. Do not list award amounts or percent effort in projects. If you have no research support, indicate NONE in this item.

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