Background: About ORCID

ORCID is an international, interdisciplinary, open, and not-for-profit organization created for the benefit of the research community, including research institutions, funding organizations, publishers, and researchers.  ORCID aims to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by providing a registry of persistent unique identifiers for individual researchers and, through embedding in key workflows, links between ORCID, other ID schemes, and research works. Adoption of ORCID by the research community enhances discovery and reporting processes by supporting systems interoperability.

What is the Adoption and Integration Program?

Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Adoption and Integration project provides external funding for work to integrate ORCID identifiers, supports the collaborative elicitation and documentation of use cases and open source code, and provides a meeting venue for disseminating best practices. ORCID encourages participation by:

  • Research Universities and Institutes that intend to create new ORCID iDs and ORCID Records on behalf of their researchers, integrate ORCID IDs into repository management practices, integrate ORCID iDs into local profile systems, integrate ORCID iDs into personnel or other identifier systems, use ORCID iDs as a component of federated identity management systems, and/or another broadly applicable integration use case.
  • Science and Social Science Professional Associations that intend to support researchers in linking ORCID iDs with their membership record, and/or integrate ORCID iDs into their meeting registration and abstract management systems.

Program Structure & Benefits

ORCID is committed to providing a supportive development environment for Adoption and Integration program participants. ORCID will provide a number of program benefits, including grants to successful applicant organizations, in-person support to elicit use cases, and priority technical and development support to ensure the ORCID system supports integration use cases. Participants can share ideas with others in the program, attend online webinars, workshops, and Q&A sessions with the ORCID team to get the help and ideas you need to develop tools and integrate ORCID identifiers.

Eligibility and Applications

Organizations based in North America are eligible to apply. Please submit a 2500-word application describing your integration plan, including use case(s), workplan, timeline, budget, and stakeholders involved.  All awardees must be prepared to share progress at an Outreach meeting within six months of award, demonstrate readiness to complete the proposed integration within 9 months of award, and serve as a reference integration site.  ORCID is an open initiative, and all integration code products must be shared on the ORCID open source repository. Proposals will be reviewed by the ORCID Outreach Steering Group and finalists will be interviewed to ensure readiness.  Up to 10 grants of $15,000-$20,000 each are available. Please note that  indirect costs are not allowed. Submit proposals to [email protected] by August 31, 2013.

Review Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by our Outreach Steering Group, chaired by Amy Brand, Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information at Harvard University.  The Group will use the following criteria to evaluate proposals:  (1) Does the organization demonstrate readiness to integrate and the ability to demonstrate a prototype within six months of award? (2) Will the organization make their integration code available as open source? (3) Does the integration involve a common platform, such as DSpace, Fedora, PeopleSoft, or similar that can be broadly repurposed to expand ORCID adoption? (4) Is more than one office or school involved, such as Arts and Sciences, Library, Research Office, Graduate School, and/or Provost Office? (5) Is the proposal from a large research university? (6) Is the proposer willing to serve as a reference for other organizations interested in carrying out a similar ORCID integration?