Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

What is ORCID?

ORCID is an established, US-based, open, non-profit, community-driven registry that offers a unique digital identifier to registered researchers. Use of the ORCID services is free to individual researchers. ORCID is funded through the membership fees of organisation members, of which NIHR is one.

Since September 2015, NIHR has been rolling out the requirement for lead applicants to provide their ORCID iD when submitting new funding applications. We are also examining the functionality for the longer term, whereby information about research activities will be automatically gathered from ORCID, in order to speed up and streamline application and reporting processes.

Making the ORCID iD mandatory will introduce valuable distinguishable information and increase the effectiveness and accuracy of the analysis of outputs in order to demonstrate the impact of NIHR funded research.

Benefits of ORCID for researchers:

  • An ORCID iD provides a unique identifier to ensure research outputs are accurately attributed to you and avoids ambiguity of similar named researchers.
  • An ORCID iD stays with you throughout your career.
  • To date, over 1.8 million other researchers already have an ORCID iD.
  • It is increasingly being used by publishers, NIHR and other funders and HEIs in award application systems. In the future, it will make it easier and quicker to share your information about research outputs and activities between systems and services, increasing accuracy and reducing the need to enter the same information multiple times.
  • You have control over the information that is held in their ORCID record and who it is shared with.

How do I use my ORCID with NIHR?

Since September 2015, NIHR have required lead applicants to personal awards that are managed by NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre to provide an ORCID iD as part of the application process. This will be expanded to include other research programme and grants managed by other NIHR centres in the future and already encompasses the Invention for Innovation (i4i), Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR), and Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programmes, which are managed by NIHR Central Commissioning Facility.

 For more information, contact the relevant programme manager.

How do I register with ORCID?

If you don’t have an ORCID iD - it’s quick and easy to register. You will be asked to provide your name and email address on the ORCID registration page


More information

For more information and to register, please use the links below