Starting January 25th, an ORCID iD number will be required for both individual fellowship and career development grant applications. If an ORCID iD is not linked to an application submitted after this date, an error will be generated and the application will not be sent to the NIH for consideration.
An ORCID iD is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. Creating an ORCID iD is easy, and it will only take a few minutes for you to fill out the form.
Once your iD is created, you can link it to your eRA Commons account, and rest securely in the knowledge that your grant application will go through. ORCID iDs can also be used when submitting manuscripts to journals, creating data sets, and more, to make sure that you receive full credit for your contributions. As your ORCID iD links with other systems and databases, it improves the discoverability of your work and reduces repetitive entries and incorrect attribution of work.
Also, consider linking your Scopus author identifier to ORCID and populating it with your publications. Visit our guide on securing your scholarly identity for more information.
Learn more about this new requirement from the NIH Extramural Nexus blog.