Collaborating Investigator Information Page

Updated:Oct 12,2015

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 degrees and devotes a specific percent of effort to the project.  For certain AHA programs, an applicant will identify a collaborating investigator.

The collaborating investigator must provide supporting documentation (items 1 and 2 below) for the research application.

Note: 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 your participation and amount of time to be devoted to the project.
  2. Biographical sketch (not to exceed five 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.  

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" 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 


Create a five-column table using the following heading: 

Begin with entry into college and include postdoctoral training.  Enter as many rows as needed. 

Education & Training - Sample Table
 Institution & Location Dates Attended Degree (if applicable) Conferred (mm/yy) Field of Study

In this same document, add a section titled 1) Positions, 2) Publications and 3) Research Support. Include the following information:

  1. 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.  Also 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 very selective regarding memberships/honors.
  2. Peer-Reviewed Publications - List, in chronological order, selected peer-reviewed publications.  Do not include publications submitted or in preparation.
  3. Research Support - List elected 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 amount or percent effort in projects. 

A-TRAC Pilot Program Applicants:

Please submit the following documents as a part of your application to Anshula Kesh:
  1. Letter confirming your participation and amount of time to be devoted to the project.
  2. NIH biosketch (new format: 5-pages) of your collaborating investigator(s).