ORCID's Global Participation Fund

ORCID's Global Participation Fund

ORCID is excited to announce its Global Participation Fund to remedy gaps in ORCID participation from organizations in the Global South, especially in countries with low- and lower-middle-income economies.

The GPF aims to provide funds to: foster the development of ORCID Communities of Practice, working with local partners who can build understanding and use of ORCID in local contexts; and create and enhance technical integrations to support the realization of the benefits provided by the use of ORCID. Proposing organizations do not need to be current ORCID members.


  • The ORCID Global Participation Fund (GPF) was established in 2022 with the kind support of several of ORCID’s founding sponsors, and was designed to provide grants to further ORCID’s public charitable purpose under its US 501(c)(3) non-profit designation:

  • Promoting accuracy and integrity, and furthering collaboration in scientific research and scholarship

  • Generally supporting and enhancing scholarship and the scientific process by

  • Working to solve the author/contributor misidentification problem in scholarly research and communication

  • Creation of a central registry of iDs assigned to individual researchers and linked to researcher outputs

  • Engaging in other related activities to enhance and increase scholarly research and scientific discovery in the public interest

    Grant Programs

    The GPF will initially provide competitive grants under two different grant programs:

  • Grants for Community Development and Outreach to financially support:

  • Local partners to build ORCID Communities of Practice in Focus Community regions;

  • Local outreach, training, and tech support resources for the creation and growth of ORCID consortia that serve those regions.

  • Grants for Technical Integration to financially support:

  • Software development to build and update ORCID integrations in open-source systems that will enable or facilitate participation in ORCID in Focus Community regions and

  • The creation of technical documentation, outreach, and support for resources created through the grants.

    Funding Information

    The number and size of grants are largely dependent on the Fund’s size. During the 2022–23 Fund year, they expect to award 10 grants of US$5,000–20,000 each. The first tranche of grants will be awarded in November 2022; and a further tranche will be awarded around May 2023.


    The duration for all grants will be one year. If grantees complete funded work before the end of the year, they may submit their final report to receive the final grant payment. If a grantee needs more time to complete the
    proposed work, extensions may be granted at ORCID’s discretion.

    Other benefits to awarded grantees

    In addition to the financial support provided through the grant, ORCID also provides grantees the following optional benefits to encourage peer sharing and mentorship:

  • Dedicated ORCID staff contact

  • Invitation to participate in the ORCID grantee forum and community

  • Invitations to grantee community events and forums

  • Invitations to ORCID virtual and (if applicable) in-person events

  • Inclusion and highlights of granted programs within ORCID’s ongoing communications program when appropriate.

    What can grants are used for?

    Grants are expected to be awarded to not-for-profit organizations (or their local equivalent) whose missions closely align with the objectives of the Fund. A non-exhaustive list of example activities that may be funded includes:

  • Reasonable salary/contract support for individuals conducting activities related to the proposed work

  • Materials, tools, and resources needed to accomplish the proposed work

  • Travel and other expenses that may be necessary to conduct the proposed work

  • Grantees are expected to outline how they intend to use funds should they receive a grant and are expected to spend grants as per the budget submitted in their proposal. While grantees have a great deal of flexibility with how they propose to use the grant, proposals will be evaluated based on the expected impact that the grant is expected to deliver for the grant size and the activities the grant supports.

    Eligibility Criteria

  • The GPF is designed to develop ORCID Communities of Practice in low- and lower-middle-income economies, as designated by the World Bank, particularly in the Global South where ORCID participation to date has been low (the Focus Communities.) All aspects of the GPF and its grant programs are designed to benefit those in this region.

  • GPF grants can be awarded to any non-profit organization, NGOs, or government entity, whether they are a current ORCID member or not.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; ORCID's Global Participation Fund

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