New NIH Requirements Regarding ORCIDs

July 16, 2019

What is the new policy on ORCID identifiers?

MUSC faculty, postdocs, students, and staff should be aware of the upcoming NIH policy changes taking place in FY 2020 requiring individuals supported by career development, research training, fellowship, and research education awards to register for an ORCID (Open Research and Contributor Identifier) that is linked to their eRA Commons Personal Profile. Unique ORCID identifiers connect researchers with their scientific contributions across changes of name, location, and institutional affiliation, simplifying reporting and tracking of career outcomes.

When does this policy go into effect?

  • October 01, 2019: ORCIDs are required for all trainees, scholars, and participants supported by institutional research training, career development, and research education awards (e.g., T32, TL1, KL2, K12, R25, R38*). The xTrain system will validate the ORCIDs of all appointees. Unlinked appointments will not be accepted for agency review.
  • January 25, 2020: ORCIDs are required for Principal Investigators (PIs) of individual fellowship and career development awards (e.g., F31, F32, F99/K00, K01, K02, K08, K23, K24, K99/R00*). The eRA system will validate PI ORCIDs and applications with unlinked profiles will not be accepted for agency review.

*See the NIH Notice (NOT-OD-19-109) for the full list of funding mechanisms impacted by this policy.

How do I register for an ORCID?

  • PIs and appointees may register for an ORCID identifier within their eRA Commons Personal Profile to link to an existing ORCID account
  • PIs and appointees may also create a new ORCID profile and link it back to their eRA Commons Personal Profiles
  • Federal grant applicants can also link ORCID accounts with SciENcv to simplify the creation of biosketches for grant applications

For inquiries concerning this policy, contact

For technical assistance or inquiries, contact the eRA Service Desk:

About the Author

Alexis Nagel
Assistant Director
Office of Research Development

Keywords: NIH Policies