ORCID Receives $3 Million Grant to expand International Capacity

ORCID has recently announced that it received $3 Million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to develop the infrastructure and capacity to support international adoption and technical integration of ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor) identifiers, through staff expansion, regional workshops and localized member technical support.

Overview of the project

ORCID is fundamentaly organized to support open access – to the Registry, to data and to software. ORCID strives to transcend discipline, geographic, national and institutional boundaries. Funding from the Helmsley Charitable Trust provides surge support for ORCID to build out its international capacity. ORCID will launch a community engagement program that provides in-country support and regular workshops in four geographic regions: Asia and Pacific Rim countries; Europe; Middle East and African countries; and across the Americas. Through this engagement with the community of researchers and institutions, ORCID will develop localized technical support infrastructure and materials to support the implementation of persistent identifiers in research workflows. Laurel L. Haak, ORCID’s Executive Director, said, “This grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust supports the ramp-up and sustainability of ORCID as a community organization, so that ORCID transaction points can be implemented with confidence, benefiting current and future generations of researchers.” One direct consequence of this award is that ORCID is hiring.

Open positions are posted on the ORCID team page at http://orcid.org/about/team.

The full announcement is here