ORCID is a free, not-for-profit service offering each researcher a unique digital identifier. This helps researchers to distinguish their work and helps funders link researcher output to funding.
Wellcome has been a supporter of ORCID since its inception in 2010, recognising that ORCID can greatly help reduce administrative work in job applications, grant applications and research activity reporting.
Since August 2015, Wellcome has required all lead applicants to provide an ORCID ID when completing an application form in WT Grant Tracker(opens in a new tab) (with the exception of Engaging Science grant applications). Applicants who don’t have an ORCID ID can register for one via the ORCID website(opens in a new tab).
Through ORCID, researchers can allow funders, publishers and research organisations to access the information in their ORCID profile during grant and manuscript submission and/or when completing job applications. In the future, we’ll be able to automatically capture research-related information linked to individuals, to simplify and speed up grant application and reporting processes.
We also anticipate a range of broader benefits to research: for example, connecting research-related information to support career tracking, and helping to identify peer reviewers and potential collaborators.
If you have already registered with Wellcome’s online application system – WT Grant Tracker(opens in a new tab) – you can add or verify your existing ORCID ID via the ‘Manage My Details’ page in your WT Grant Tracker account.
If you don’t have a WT Grant Tracker account or an ORCID ID, you can register for both during the WT Grant Tracker registration process.
Yes, you can add or remove it from the ‘Manage My Details’ page in WT Grant Tracker. You will need to make sure it’s added before you submit a grant application.