NIHR begins roll out of mandatory ORCID iD requirement

Date: 23 September 2015

Time: 01:00

From today (Wednesday 23 September 2015) , a digital identifier that distinguishes researchers - an ORCID iD - will become mandatory for all new NIHR personal award applications.

An ORCID iD is a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) containing a unique 16-digit number, which is available to researchers through registering on the Open Researcher and Contributors ID (ORCID) repository; an open, not-for-profit, community-driven initiative to resolve authorship confusion in scholarly work. Researchers can use this unique identifier to correctly distinguish their publications and other research activities from others who may have the same, or similar, name.

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 research. In the longer term, with the introduction of functionality to enable information to pass between the NIHR’s own information systems and ORCID, the NIHR will be able to reduce the administrative burden for researchers having to fill in the same information in multiple locations for applications and reports.

As more institutions and funders sign up to ORCID, the more effective it will become and the more efficient it will be in sharing information between these systems in order to speed up application and reporting processes.

Professor Dame Sally C Davies FRS RMedSci, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser at the NIHR said:

“The ORCID iD is increasingly being used by publishers, funders and Higher Education Institutions in award application systems and nearly 1.5 million researchers across the globe have already joined recognising its value, so it’s only right that as one of the UK’s biggest research funders we stay up-to-date with these advancements.

“We are starting the roll-out with NIHR trainees who, through ORCID, will be able to distinguish themselves and ensure that their research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to them with an ID that stays with them throughout their career.

“We plan to use the ORCID iD across the whole of the NIHR, including research programmes and programme grants so that we can make the best use of all the data we collect.”

The new ORCID iD requirement will be implemented for the first time in the next round of NIHR Research Professorships which opens today and will be included in other personal award schemes as they launch over the next year.

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