Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

What is ORCID?

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.

Why does the Wellcome Trust support ORCID?

The Trust 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, the Trust has required all lead applicants to provide an ORCID ID when completing an application form in WT Grant Tracker (with the exception of Engaging Science grant applications). Applicants who don’t have an ORCID ID can register for one via the ORCID website.

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.

How do I register my ORCID with the Trust?

If you have already registered with the Trust’s online application system – WT Grant Tracker – 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.

Can I remove my ORCID ID once I’ve registered it with WT Grant Tracker?

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.

More information about ORCID

Register for an ORCID ID

Frequently asked questions on the ORCID website