The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a digital identifier that distinguishes researchers and can be integrated into every step of the research workflow.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced that individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards will be required to have an ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) beginning in Fiscal Year 2020.
If you are a trainee, fellow, or early career faculty member who receives support from one of the grant types listed in the announcement, you will be required to create and share your ORCID through eRA Commons. Depending on your type of award, this was to take effect in October 2019 or will take effect in January 2020.
You can learn more about ORCID and ways to most effectively use this tool to track your research on the Health Sciences and Human Services website. If you need assistance in creating your ORCID iD, please contact the librarian for your school, who can help you set up an ORCID iD, fill out your profile, and link it to your eRA Commons account.
ORCID is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from all other researchers, even if you have the same name as others or have changed your name or affiliation. ORCID can be integrated into every step of the research workflow, from grant application to manuscript submission.