Sharpening Your Focus: Mind Your F's & K's! ORCID Revisited & Required

July 25, 2019
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We shared information about ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identification) in Sharpening Your Focus, NIH & ORCID: Connecting Productivity back in December of 2017. To review, ORCID iDs are unique, persistent digital identifiers that distinguish individual investigators, and connect researchers with their contributions across changes in names, location, and institutional affiliation.

Why are we revisiting this now? The NIH recently announced that beginning with grant receipt dates on or after January 25, 2020, applicants for individual fellowship and career development awards, including F and K mechanisms, will be required to have an ORCID iD. This requirement has been established to simplify applicant reporting, including improving tracking of career outcomes.

Therefore, for applications submitted on or after the January 25, 2020 deadline, prospective applicants must link their eRA profile to an existing ORCID account, or create an ORCID account and link it to their eRA profile. Applications that do not include a linked ORCID iD will NOT be accepted.

There are resources that can help you prepare for this requirement. The University of Michigan Library offers a guide with detailed information about ORCID, including guidance about setting up and populating an account. Links to resources are provided below. Don’t forget to mind your Fs and Ks. If you plan to submit a fellowship or career development proposal on or after January 25, 2020, you must have an ORCID iD linked to your eRA profile.


Sharpening Your Focus: Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation is a series of tips published in Medical School Research News about proposal preparation. This article was written by MaryJo Banasik, J.D., Ph.D., Research Development Specialist, you can view the full archive of articles here.