What is an ORCID iD?

An ORCID® iD is a unique identifier which can be added to a wide range of research material including grants, research outputs and datasets to ensure your work is attributed to you and distinguishable from that of other researchers.

ORCID is a not for profit organisation and there are over 1,000,000 ORCID iDs registered around the world. The ORCID iD belongs to you the researcher, and moves with you if you change institution meaning all your work will remain associated with you wherever your career takes you.


ORCID iD and research funders

As the use of ORCID iD increases, funding bodies are adopting it as a simple way to minimise the work for researchers preparing grant applications and reporting research outcomes.

Some research funders require you to enter an ORCID iD when you apply for funding. The Wellcome Trust require an ORCID iD for PIs and the National Institute for Health Research also require an ORCID iD for many of their applications. 

How do I get an ORCID iD?

To create your ORCID iD, and for more information, please visit the ORCID website.

Useful tips on setting up and using an ORCID iD are available on the ORCID support site.

ORCID iDs at Nottingham

Here at Nottingham we recognise the wide range of potential uses of ORCID iDs. All academic and research staff at the University must register for an ORCID iD and include it in their research outputs wherever possible. ORCID iDs can be used with a number of systems in the University including Researchfish, the University repository and the Nottingham Research Data Management Repository. ORCID iDs will be integrated into the Research Information System and this is likely to make the process of adding outputs easier.

At an institutional level, we are keeping a watching brief on national developments and consortia activities with a view to further participation when our services are more developed.

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