Over the last two years, the number of publication records associated with researcher profiles in ProposalCentral has grown from 100,000 to over 1.2 million. The continued adoption of ORCID by researchers and funders is the primary driver fueling this remarkable growth.
The ORCID connection inside ProposalCentral enables funders to gain visibility into research outcomes and to provide clear reporting to donors and boards. The goal is perfect transparency into funding impact and to empower grant makers to answer a common question, “What did researchers accomplish after our grant?”
ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID ID) that each researcher gets to own and control, and that distinguishes that individual from every other researcher. An ORCID ID carries the researcher’s scientific contributions including grants received, publications, peer reviews, and more — culled from multiple research systems, publication platforms, and aggregation sites (like PubMed and CrossRef).
Altum encourages all research funders to request that their awardees secure and use an ORCID ID. When the connection between the award and the grant is created, a virtuous cycle is started where data is entered once and reused multiple times. This ensures that all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions across disciplines, borders, and time.