A new requirement for grant applications was recently announced by major US funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDP). Individuals applying for research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards through any of these agencies will now be required to have ORCID iDs. Funding applications without an ORCID iD will not be accepted.
When will this change be effective?
With implementation beginning this month, some funding applications will require a linked ORCID iD right away, while other applications may not require a linked ORCID iD until January 2020.
Learn more and set up an ORCID profile at Dalhousie
For researchers at Dalhousie, it is easy to accommodate this requirement and set up an ORCID. Dalhousie supports ORCID and is a member of ORCID-CA Consortium through the Dal Libraries.
Register for a free ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/register
If you already have an ORCID iD but need to link it to your eRA Commons Personal Profile, do so here: https://era.nih.gov/erahelp/ppf/default.htm#PPF_Help/00_PPF_landing.htm#eRA%C2%A0Comm
Check out these Dalhousie Libraries ORCID resources:
- Quick-start guide to ORCID: https://dal.ca.libguides.com/ld.php?content_id=34938236
- Research Impact LibGuide: https://dal.ca.libguides.com/researchimpact/authorprofiles
Even those with no immediate plans to apply for funding through these agencies should be aware that the ORCID requirement is part of a growing trend, and you could be obliged to register with ORCID in the future. See the full list of funding agencies with ORCID policies here: https://orcid.org/organizations/funders/policies
Benefits of an ORCID iD?
ORCID, which stands for Open Research and Contributor Identifier, is a permanent digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers. The many benefits of having an ORCID iD include:
- Connecting you with your research outputs to ensure they are attributed to your name and discoverable by others
- Recognition for both individual peer review activities (e.g. for a journal article) and peer review service over time (e.g. serving on a review panel), as noted in this ORCID blog post
- Linking to your other author identifiers from databases such as Scopus and Web of Science
- Allowing you to control what information is linked to your iD and made public, and by whom it can be viewed
- Providing a place to collect all types of research activity, including but not limited to publications, datasets, patents, grants and more
For more information about this new requirement for grant applications, see the original announcement from NIH: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-19-109.html