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Don’t Forget to Link Your ORCID iD to Your eRA Commons Profile

September 16, 2019

At this time, prospective applicants for individual fellowship and career development awards are encouraged to follow the ORCID link from their Personal Profiles in the eRA Commons , where they can either link their eRA profiles to existing ORCID accounts or create ORCID profiles and link them back to the eRA Commons.  Similarly, PD/PIs of institutional research training, career development and research education awards are urged to begin alerting potential appointees to do the same.


NIH Updates

ORCID iDs Required in FY 2020

October 1, 2019, marks the start of the federal fiscal year (FY) 2020. 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced in July (NOT-OD-19-109) that, beginning on October 1, 2019, the start of federal fiscal year 2020, they will require ORCID iDs (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers) for those individuals supported by the NIH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards.

Background and Related Information

ORCID - Connecting Research and ResearchersORCID iDs are unique, persistent digital identifiers that distinguish individual investigators. They can connect researchers with their contributions to science over time and across changes of name, location, and institutional affiliation. They are free and assigned and maintained by the non-profit organization ORCID. Currently, more than 30,000 eRA Commons Profiles are linked to ORCID iDs.

Additionally, more than 7,000 journals now use ORCID iDs. Federal grant applicants can also link their ORCID accounts with SciENcv (Science Expert Network Curriculum Vitae), to simplify the creation of biosketches for grant applications.



For questions, please contact your department research administrator or the ORSP Project Representative you are working with on your project