In step with numerous national governments and funding agencies, the Wellcome Trust and the Austrian Science Fund (starting 2016) require applicants to provide an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) number when submitting funding applications. These numbers are persistent digital identifiers ascribed to individuals that provide "a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs".
Other foundation and government funders that have integrated ORCID identifiers into their grant submission systems now include Autism Speaks, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Brazilian Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, the Japan Science and Technology Agency, Qatar National Research Foundation, and the UK National Institute for Health Research.
While not yet mandating ORCID inclusion in its submissions, the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program requests that contributors be distinguishable through unique digital identifiers such as ORCID.
At present there are over 1.7 million ORCID registrants. Along with disambiguation, the effort boasts of "its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries and its cooperation with other identifier systems."
Pivot has been integrated with ORCID since 2014, and uses the IDs to enhance the accuracy of profiles and improve funding recommendations for users. Pivot users can dynamically link to their ORCID profile and can also choose to enable Pivot to receive automated profile data updates from ORCID in the future.