What is Researchfish?
Researchfish is a central online research outcomes system for researchers and funding organisations to record and submit their research outcomes to their funders.
More than 90 research funders including any research that is funded by RCUK research councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) will require research outcomes to be submitted to them as part of the terms and conditions of the grant.
You can request access to Researchfish from within the systems itself. You may also have received an invitation from your funder to create an account.
Access Researchfish via the Systems and Resources page.
From 2016, all UK Research Councils (as well as a number of other funders, such as CRUK) are imposing sanctions.
Researchfish will email the Principal Investigator (PI) of an awarded grant if the funder of that grant uses Researchfish. It is the PI’s responsibility to record the outcomes and submit the outcomes via Researchfish to the funder.
Outcomes can only be submitted to the funder during a submission period. If the PI does not submit the requested information during the submission period, this will result in no further payments on existing grants and no further grant applications being accepted.
There is a full list of funders who use Researchfish here, this includes all RCUK funding councils and many major funding charities.
Researchfish will email the Principal Investigator of an awarded grant if the funder of that grant uses Researchfish.
You can record your outputs at any time. You can also add delegates who can record these outcomes for you (although only the PI can submit to the funder).
In the portfolio screen there are a list of common outcomes (such as publications, Impact and Engagement, etc) which could apply to any funder as well as specific outcomes which relate just to your funder. You need to complete only the common outcomes that are relevant to your award but all of the specific outcomes that relate to funder.
The accuracy and completeness of the information provided is important. Funders are interested in the quality of returns, not only that returns are submitted or the number of outputs entered.
Submission periods – if your funder has announced a submission period it is important that you make sure you submit within that timeframe.
If you do not submit you may have payment on your grant stopped and the funder will not accept any further applications from you.
If your grant has only recently been awarded you will still be expected to submit something to your funder – even if that is a nil submission.
For up-to-date submission periods please log into Researchfish and check when your funder is expecting you to submit. Currently RCUK only have a submission period once a year, other funding bodies may have more than one submission period in a year.
Submissions for the next RCUK Submission Period on Researchfish® will need to be made between 2th February 2019 and 11th March 2019.
Once you have submitted your research outcomes to your funder, in due course the information will be added to Gateway to Research – this is the online public database of publicly funded research grants. You can see how your award and outcomes will eventually look by searching for an award, subject or Principal Investigator on the Gateway to Research webpages.