From the ORCID Blog:
ORCID has been awarded an 18-month, $3 million grant by 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.
As a fundamental principle, ORCID is 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.
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See Also: Full Announcement via Helmsley Trust
See Also: From Earlier This Year: Hypothes.is Project, ORCID, and NIF Partnership Receives $2.2 Million in Funding to Bring Annotation to Biomedicine (January 12, 2015)
Note: Funding for the above project also comes from Helmsley Trust.