November 6, 2017 – Health Research Alliance (HRA) today announces the launch of its ORCID consortium. Initially comprising twelve innovative non-profit funding organizations in health and biomedical research, HRA expects this consortium to grow as funders recognize the benefits of ORCID integration with their grants management and other systems. The HRA consortium launch is timely, with the NIH poised to announce their increased commitment to working with ORCID soon.

The HRA ORCID consortium formed under the guidance of Maryrose Franko, the Executive Director of HRA, who noted that:  “Funders are thrilled by the fact that they won’t have to wait to hear about a publication or a patent filing until the annual progress report gets submitted.  ORCID integration within funder systems will significantly decrease the burden on researchers by enabling them to reuse the information from their ORCID profile about employment, education, publications, and funding in applications and progress reports. As this initial group of funders demonstrate the benefits of ORCID, we expect to see the consortium grow dramatically.”

The HRA consortium members plan to leverage ORCID integration into the grants management process make applying and reporting progress easier for their grantees; and, to enable timely and accurate notification of research outputs for program managers. The improved information flow will help the funders better understand the impact of their funding programs.

Lorraine Egan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, one of the funders joining the HRA ORCID Consortium, commented: “The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is excited to be able to streamline information about its grant recipients and track their success into the future.  It’s good for the scientists we support, good for Damon Runyon and good for the biomedical research ecosystem as a whole.”

Establishing this consortium under the leadership of HRA underscores the unique role of the HRA to facilitate collaboration among and between funders and the broader research community to maximize the impact of biomedical research to improve human health by promoting innovative and effective grantmaking. By convening funders in support of ORCID as a persistent common identifier for researchers across systems and a registry of researcher information, HRA is enabling improvements for individual funder and collective data and analysis about nonprofit funding for biomedical research and training.

“We welcome HRA to the ORCID community,” said ORCID’s Executive Director, Laure Haak. “Funders are a critical component of the research ecosystem.  Their participation in ORCID will ease the grant application and reporting process for researchers, improve transparency in the funding process, and support openness and rigor of research.“

For technical leadership, the HRA ORCID Consortium has contracted with Altum, Inc. to provide consortium outreach and technical support in accordance with ORCID’s Collect and Connect guidelines. HRA and Altum will promote and support ORCID integrations across the many grants management platforms used by the HRA consortium’s member organizations, including Altum’s proposalCENTRAL and Easygrants, Blackbaud GIFTS and GIFTS Online, CC Technology CC Grant Tracker, Smart Simple GMS360°, and several custom platforms.

About HRA: The Health Research Alliance, a collaborative member organization of nonprofit research funders, is committed to maximizing the impact of biomedical research to improve human health. To achieve this mission, HRA: Fosters open communication and collaboration among and between funders and the broader research community; collects and shares comprehensive data and analysis about nonprofit funding for biomedical research and training; provides leadership, knowledge, tools, and opportunities to promote innovative and
effective grantmaking; and, addresses issues that are key to accelerating research discovery and its translation.

About ORCID: ORCID’s vision is a world where all who participate in research and innovation, from imagining to building and managing, are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions across disciplines, and borders, and time. ORCID provides an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research and innovation activities. We provide open tools that enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations. We provide this service to help people find information and to simplify reporting and analysis.

About Altum: Since 1997, Altum has provided innovative software products and services to philanthropic and government organizations to help them in making the world a better place. Altum offers industry-leading grants management solutions including proposalCENTRAL® that streamline the grants process for grantmakers and their grantees. Altum’s combination of technology and business acumen enable support the needs of organizations to do more with their data—from making better decisions to working smarter and not harder