SFRN Third Party Study Members' Information Page

Collaborating Investigator
A collaborating investigator contributes in a substantive way to the scientific development or execution of the project. Typically, a collaborating investigator has a doctoral or other professional degree and devotes a specific percent of effort to the project. For certain AHA programs, an applicant will identify a collaborating investigator.

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.

Other Professional
An Other Professional is an individual who may hold a doctoral, masters or baccalaureate degree or its equivalent and who is considered a professional. Examples of persons included in this category are analysts, biostatisticians, computer programmers, veterinarians, nurse coordinators, epidemiologists, etc.


  • A collaborator, consultant or sponsor contributing to an application that requires reference letters may not serve as a referent. If you have been asked to provide a reference document, notify the applicant immediately.

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

Supporting Documentation for an Application

  1. Letter: confirming the study member’s participation and amount of time to be devoted to the project. Convert to PDF prior to uploading into ProposalCentral (2-page maximum).

  2. Biographical sketch: The information required in the biographical sketch is similar in format to the PHS SF424 (R&R) Biographical Sketch used by the NIH. It is acceptable to use a current copy of the NIH Biographical Sketch for this AHA application; however, please note Item 1 below (Variances from Ordinary Career Progression). If any of these circumstances apply to the study member, be sure to add this information to the Biographical Sketch provided to the AHA (within the five pages allowed). If the study member does not have a NIH Biographical Sketch, create a document following the format/type requirements and guidelines illustrated below. The bolded and underlined items should be used as sub-headings. (5-page maximum)

Format/Type Requirements for the Biographical Sketch

  • Create documents as Word files
  • No more than 15 characters per inch (cpi) or an average of no more than 15 cpi (cpi includes symbols, punctuation and spaces)
  • No less than ¾”(three-quarters of an inch) margins allowed
  • Sixty lines per page are the maximum allowed (average number of lines per page using the font and point size below will be 50-55 lines)
  • Arial font style, 12-point font size for Windows users; Helvetica font style, 12-point font size for Macintosh users
  • 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.

Biographical Sketch Guidelines (5-page limit)

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

Position Title:

Create a five-column table using the following heading according to your Center:

  • Collaborating Investigator Education/Training Biographical Sketch
  • Consultant Education/ Training Biographical Sketch
  • Other Professional Education/Training Biographical Sketch


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

Institution & Location Dates Attended 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 the study member has had a name change and their name does not match the name on their publications, please address this briefly here. (For instance, their publication history reflects their maiden name and they have recently married and begun publishing under their 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.

  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.