Webinar: Why research funders are using ORCID identifiers

25 September 2014, 10 am EDT (UTC-4)

Please register in advance for this free webinar. 

ORCID is partnering with the Health Research Alliance, a consortium of biomedical research foundations, to host a free webinar on how funders are using ORCID identifiers in their workflows and systems.  The webinar will feature presentations by leaders at private and public funding organizations in the U.S. and Europe.  Join us to learn why funders are integrating ORCID identifiers into common CV platforms, mandating use during grant submission, and leveraging identifiers to improve tracking and evaluation.   

ORCID provides a non-proprietary registry service for researchers to obtain a unique identifier. Researchers and scholars can use their ORCID identifier to distinguish themselves from every other contributor, particularly helpful for those who have a common name, changed their name, or have multiple name variations.  ORCID works with funders and other research organizations to integrate these identifiers into research workflows and systems such as grant applications, publication submission, thesis completion, and dataset deposits.  Increasingly, ORCID identifiers are being embedded in documents.   This makes it possible for funders to obtain information on affiliations and research outputs of their grantees using Web services.  And it also can reduce the amount of information a grantee needs to enter into funding application and post-award forms, reducing workload and increasing the time available to carry out the research they've been funded to do.   

Funding organizations including the U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy and the Wellcome Trust have integrated ORCID iDs into their systems. Some funders have started to require ORCID identifiers during grant submission, including Autism Speaks and Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT, Portugal).  To enable researchers to link to their existing funding information, earlier this year ORCID worked with ÜberResearch to launch a free search and link funding tool, available through the ORCID interface. We are also participating in community discussions about an international grant identifier scheme. 

Webinar agenda (full webinar recording)

  • Welcome and introductions (slides)

Andrea Biddle, HRA

  • ORCID integration at Autism Speaks (slides)

Edwin Clayton, Autism Speaks

  • Adoption of ORCID by FCT (slides)

João Mendes Moreira, FCT

  • ORCID at NIH and NSF

Walter Schaffer, NIH

  • Q & A


About our speakers

Ed Clayton, Senior Director of Strategic Funding and Grants Administration, Autism Speaks 

Dr. Ed Clayton is the Senior Director of Strategic Funding and Grants Administration at Autism Speaks. In this role, he is responsible for assisting in the development of new and innovative strategies for funding research that advance the science mission of Autism Speaks. He provides oversight to the administrative process required to build and maintain Autism Speaks’ portfolio of high impact grants, fellowships, and targeted awards. He is also the Treasurer for DELSIA (Delivering Scientific Innovation for Autism), a not-for profit affiliate of Autism Speaks charged with investing in for-profit entities with a mission of developing products and services that improve the health and quality of life for individuals with autism and their families. Dr. Clayton received his PhD in Psychobiology from the University of Virginia and conducted postdoctoral studies in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. He spent eight years at the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health before joining Autism Speaks in 2012.

João Mendes Moreira, RCAAP Manager, FCCN, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

João Mendes Moreira graduated in Systems Analysis and Computer Engineering at the University of Minho, Portugal. In the last decade he has worked at FCCN having developed, directly or indirectly, activities in the infrastructure and advanced services areas supporting the national research and education community. In 2004, he became project manager for Portugal's Online Library of Knowledge (b-on).  In 2008, together with Minho University, he assumed the project management of the Portuguese Open Access Initiative - RCAAP (Portuguese Open Access Scientific Repository). In 2013, together with a set of experts he started the preparative works to develop PTCRIS - a integrated eco-system of science and technology management systems for which he became program officer.

Walter Schaffer, Senior Scientific Advisor for Extramural Research, US National Institutes of Health

Walter Schaffer serves as Senior Scientific Advisor for Extramural Research at the US National Institutes of Health and has played a key role in the implementation of recommendations set forth by the Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group.