NIH to Require ORCID iDs in FY2020

The NIH, CDC, and AHRQ recently announced that beginning in FY2020,  ORCID iDs (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers) will be required for individuals supported by agency research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards (  An ORCID iD is a unique digital identifier for an individual that can be used to associate a person with his/her scholarly efforts and achievements over time and across name variations and/or institutional positions and affiliations.

Specifically, beginning in October 2019, individuals supported by institutional NIH training, education, and career development grants (T-series, K12, and R25, R38, RL5 and RL9 grants) will be required to have an ORCID identifier.  Applicants for individual NIH training and education awards (F-series and the remaining K-series grants) will be required to include their ORCID iD beginning in January 2020.  ORCID iDs must be linked to the eRA Commons Personal Profile.

Users without an ORCID iD can sign up for the free identifier on the ORCID website at using their Emory single-sign on. From the ORCID homepage, select “Sign in” and then “Institution Account” to create and link your ORCID iD.

Users that already have an ORCID iD may link it to their eRA Commons Account from the Personal Profile page.  Click the “Create or Connect your ORCID iD” on the left hand side.

For additional instructions linking an ORCID iD to an eRA Commons account, visit the Help website at:

ORCID iDs must be created and maintained by the individual in question, and cannot be administered by a delegate or support team. For any questions or to request assistance creating, linking, or managing your ORCID iD please contact Ask-A-Librarian.