ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identification) is an open, global, nonprofit, community-driven effort to create and maintain an international system of persistent identifiers for researchers. ORCID profile information is publicly available and includes positions held, articles published, grants received, email addresses and organizational affiliation.
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are now requiring ORCID for individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education and career development awards.
As specified in Notice Number: NOT-OD-19-109, "The [NIH] requirement for ORCID identifiers will be implemented through the appointment process for those appointed to institutional awards and through the application process for those applying for individual awards, beginning with institutional awards in October 2019 and individual awards in January 2020. Beginning with receipt dates on or after Jan. 25, 2020, the requirement for ORCID identifiers will be enforced at the time of application for individual fellowship and career development awards, including the following: F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F37, F38, F99/K00, FI2, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K38, K43, K76, K99/R00.
KU is an ORCID institutional member and has some resources to assist with using ORCID, including how to link it to PRO accounts and a KU Libraries contact to assist.
All investigators are encouraged to create and use an ORCID ID. There are several benefits:
- Reduce burden
- Distinguish yourself from other researchers with similar or same names
- Connect to your research throughout your career, no matter how your name appears in publications
More information on NIH’s support of ORCID can be found in the article by Michael Lauer, deputy director for extramural research at NIH, “Teaming with ORCID to Reduce Burden and Improve Transparency."