Important Reminders for Fellowship and Career Development Applicants


Planning to apply for a fellowship or career development award? If so, don’t forget your ORCID iD.

We encourage everybody from graduate students to senior scientists to register for an ORCID account and link it to their eRA Commons personal profile (see this eRA video for a quick step-by-step). But for some grant applicants, it’s an absolute must. ORCID iDs are required for PD/PIs on individual fellowship and career development applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2020. Our eRA systems will check the PD/PI eRA Commons IDs on all submitted fellowship and career development applications. If there isn’t a linked ORCID iD, an error will be generated preventing the application from moving forward to NIH for consideration. For more details, see the full Guide Notice or the Open Mike blog on this topic.

While in your eRA Commons profile linking your ORCID iD, take the opportunity to make sure all your profile information is current. If you selected “Do not wish to provide” in the demographics section, please consider revising your selection. The information you provide will be kept confidential and used for aggregate statistical reporting only. Reports generated from this demographic data assist us in evaluating the impact of our efforts to improve diversity in the scientific workforce.


  1. Is this requirement only going to affect new fellowship or career applications, or will it also affect non-competing continuations?

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