This is a living document that will be updated over time as more details about NSPM-33-related policies become available.

In January 2021, the White House released a National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM-33) on United States (US) Government-Supported Research and Development National Security Policy. NSPM-33 directs Federal agencies conducting research and/or awarding research funds to establish policies related to the use of Digital Persistent Identifiers (DPIs, also known as Persistent Identifiers (PIDs)) for researchers’ disclosure of information during funding application and reporting workflows. Disclosures include, but are not limited to, information about past and current affiliations/employment, funding support, and positions.

A year after the release of the memo, the National Science and Technology Council’s Guidance for Implementing NSPM-33 was released in January 2022. This guidance provides additional information on the implementation of PIDs for individuals as it relates to NSPM-33 (see page 8 of the Guidance). It also describes how to incorporate DPIs/PIDs in disclosure processes (see page 5 of the Guidance for details). 

Although ORCID is not mentioned specifically in the NSPM-33 memo, ORCID is currently the only PID for individuals that meets the requirements stipulated in the NSPM-33 guidance. 

As of Spring/Summer 2022, Federal agencies are still in the process of creating their DPI policies. The ORCID US Community expects that all Federal agencies will begin to allow grant applicants to use ORCID for transferring disclosure information during the grant application process, and some agencies may choose to require that ORCID be used. In anticipation, it is recommended that research organizations take action to make sure that affiliated researchers are prepared to use ORCID to their advantage when applying for funding from Federal agencies.

Preparing for NSPM-33 & ORCID: What can we do?

This guide outlines considerations and suggestions for how to prepare for potential guidelines related to ORCID for individuals as presented in the National Security Presidential Memorandum – 33 (NSPM-33). You can also download the guide by clicking this link: NSPM-33 Guide.

Institutions can support researchers by ensuring that researchers know what ORCID is, have their ORCID iDs with information populated in their ORCID records, and understand how using ORCID can benefit them. Institutions that are ORCID members can use the ORCID member application programming interface (API) to add authoritative information to researchers’ ORCID records, so that researchers can more easily use the information in their ORCID records to populate biographical and disclosure forms during Federal funding application processes (such as importing data from ORCID into SciENcv for NIH and NSF biosketches).

NSPM-33 & ORCID Preparation Checklist:

Step 1: ORCID Membership 

  • Check to see if your organization is already an ORCID member (there may be others at your organization already working with ORCID)
    • If yes, find out who is already involved by reaching out internally (for example, at universities, most libraries are already aware of ORCID and working to increase adoption) or email us (orcidus@lyrasis.org) to find out who the current ORCID contacts are
    • If no, consider joining the ORCID US open listserv to stay in the loop, and email us (orcidus@lyrasis.org) to ask about potential membership 

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Step 2: Stakeholder Support

  • Coordinate with other stakeholders at your organization to strategize about ORCID integration and adoption (consider forming a committee with executives and staff from different stakeholder units)
    • Library
    • Research Office
    • Sponsored Programs
    • Central IT
    • Academic Departments
    • Etc.

Resources to Check:

Step 3: Technical Integration

  • Take inventory of which institutional systems, platforms, or databases could potentially be leveraged to write data to researchers’ ORCID records via the ORCID member API
    • Research Information Management 
    • Grants Management
    • Publishing or Repository Systems
    • HR Systems or Central ID Management
    • Etc.

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Step 4: Outreach

  • Educate researchers about ORCID
  • Do researchers have their ORCID iDs?
  • Do researchers have information in their ORCID records?
  • Do researchers understand how ORCID can benefit them?

Resources to Check:

Keeping Track of NSPM-33: How to stay updated?

The ORCID US Community is keeping track of developments on NSPM-33. We will provide updates as we hear them, as well as compile and present relevant resources. From time to time, we will have community calls and conversations on NSPM-33 as it relates to ORCID. For example, in March 2022, we hosted a community call titled “ORCID & National Security Presidential Memo 33 (NSPM-33),” featuring guest speaker Lori Schultz, Assistant Vice President, Research Intelligence at University of Arizona and a current ORCID Board Member. To stream the recording of this community call, please contact us at orcidus@lyrasis.org. For upcoming events, we will send announcements via our members-only discussion forum and publicly available listserv, and post on the ORCID US Community events calendar

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