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Funders Requiring an ORCID

  • AHRQ (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation)
  • NASA (U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
  • NIH (U.S. National Institutes of Health)
  • OSTI (U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information)
  • The Smithsonian Institute


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License for MIT Content

Content defining ORCID has been borrowed from the MIT Libraries' ORCID & author identifiers page and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) license.

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What is ORCID?

undefined ORCID = Researcher and Contributor ID and is a type of author identifier. ORCID gives you a way to reliably and unambiguously connect your name(s) with your work throughout your career, including your papers, data, biographical information, etc.

This can be helpful in a number of ways. ORCID:

  • Provides a means to distinguish between you and other authors with identical or similar names.
  • Links together all of your works even if you have used different names over the course of your career or had multiple institutional affiliations.
  • Makes it easy for others (grant funders, other researchers etc.) to find your research output.
  • Ensures that your work is clearly attributed to you.

ORCID can...

  • Alleviate mistaken identity
  • Reduce/eliminate the need for a researcher disambiguation process              
  • Enable machine-to-machine updates for researcher reporting
  • Maintain researcher connections despite name/affiliation changes
  • Facilitate community collaboration across similar institutions
  • Create higher impact communications and promotion
  • Standardize and improve the user/researcher experience
  • Increase efficiency and quality 
  • Help ensure sustainability through a community approach

What is ORCID? (video)