Research outcomes

As part of a harmonisation project all Research Councils, NIHR and a number of medical charities are now using a system called ResearchFish to collect information on the outputs, outcomes and impact arising from research. 

It is a condition of research grant funding from the research councils and a number of medical charity funders that details of any outputs or outcomes arising from research which they fund are entered into the researchfish online system. An annual submission is required, even if there is a nil return, and this replaces the need for a PI to submit a Final Report (although a Final Expenditure Statement is still required). 

Further details can be found on the RCUK webpage or via the project's twitter account @RCUKRFP

The system is designed to enable researchers to report once across multiple funders, reuse their data for their own use and control who sees and accesses their data. A researcher, or one of their delegates, can add, edit and delete entries, and attribute entries to awards they hold or to one of their CVs held in the ResearchFish portal all year round. PIs are then asked to submit their information during the annual submission period. 

Funders' submission periods 2015/ 2016 

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, 01 Feb 2016 to 4pm, 10 March 2016
  • British Heart Foundation, 01 Feb 2016 to 10 Mar 2016
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, 20 Nov 2014
  • Cancer Research UK, 01 Feb 2016 to 10 Mar 2016
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 01 Feb 2016 to 4pm, 10 March 2016
  • Economic and Social Research Council, 01 Feb 2016 to 4pm, 10 March 2016
  • Medical Research Council, 01 Feb 2016 to 4pm, 10 March 2016
  • Natural Environment Research Council, 01 Feb 2016 to 4pm, 10 March 2016
  • National Institute for Health Research, 15 Feb 2016 to 23 Mar 2016
  • Parkinson's UK, 23 Nov 2015 to 15 Jan 2016
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council, 01 Feb 2016 to 4pm, 10 March 2016
  • Stroke Association, TBC, previously 14 Sept 2015 to 23 Oct 2015.

The information submitted is then used to provide evidence of the importance of research and to demonstrate the value of public investment in research to the Government, as well as to other partners.  

Support available

Details of upcoming webinars

Research outcomes common question set  (.xml version)

PowerPoint Presentation on researchfish research outcomes

Training video

Funder specific guidance

In many cases entering data into ResearchFish is a condition of funding, and sanctions are imposed for non-compliance.

Guide to uploading publications to researchfish

RCUK sanctions policy

Further information on the RCUK website

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