Researchfish for Students

Students in the third or later year of their studies will be asked to submit their outcomes. Students are asked to use Researchfish to submit details of the outcomes of each award annually from the 3rd year of their funding, during the lifetime of the award, and usually for up to three years after the end of the award. Please note Research Councils may publish details of the outcomes that students enter through various channels including

All UKRI funded research students, who are registered in Je-S, will have received communications from Researchfish, asking for information on research outcomes.  Copies of these messages can be found on the UKRI website. The Researchfish submission is a compulsory return, required by all research councils (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and SFTC). The reporting period is between February and March each year.

If you are funded by any of the research councils, or through a doctoral training centre supported by them, then you will have to complete the return. 

Your supervisor will have received a communication from Researchfish as well, asking for their help and support for student returns. 

How do I access and update Researchfish?

  1. Click the link in the email sent by Researchfish to accept the invitation. If you do not have an account, you will be prompted to create one. If you can't find the email then contact
  2. Once logged-in, click 'View Portfolio' to add and edit outcomes for your awards. If you don't see a View portfolio option, try clicking on the link in the email again.
  3. Check that your supervisor has access by using the Research Team button on the right of your portfolio.
  4. Choose a relevant outcome type from the collapsible list on the left and click 'add new entry'. Complete the form and when ready, click 'add to portfolio'. Don’t add any confidential, sensitive or personal information since outcomes will be made public via Gateway to Research. If you have an ORCID ID, then connect it to Researchfish to use the outputs in your profile.
  5. Details of your scholarship(s) are listed on the right. Once outcomes have been added, attribute them to one or more awards by checking the box next to the outcome(s) and dragging it to a scholarship.
  6. Some funders require that 'Additional Questions' are completed for particular scholarships. These are found on the left. Once completed, they are automatically associated with the relevant scholarships(s).
  7. Submit each award to the funder during the annual submission period, using the red SUBMIT button. The date listed next to the funder is the final date of submission. Submission is not possible unless all mandatory information is completed. You can make changes and re-submit, which will overwrite the prior information.

What do I need to report?

you will need to report the following types of information to Researchfish.

  • Publications – any papers you have published as part of your PhD. 
  • Collaborations –any work you have completed in collaboration, for example with an industrial partner or another academic group.
  • Engagement Activities –any instances where you communicated your research to a non-academic audience, e.g. presentations at science fairs or schools.
  • Other Outputs & Knowledge / Future Steps – a section to allow you to tell us about anything else you think is an important outcome from your research (this is where conference attendances and poster presentations are most easily reported).
  • Secondments, Placements and Internships –an opportunity to report any time spent at other organisations.

Most of the other sections may not be relevant to you, although you may want to include other information, such as Intellectual Property (IP) generated as part of your studentship.

You will also be asked a number of Mandatory Additional Questions which will appear below the Common Outcomes. Unlike the Common Outcomes the Mandatory Additional Questions must be completed before you are able to make a submission.

What do I do if there are no outcomes to report?

It's very common for most outcomes to occur towards the end of a project or after it has finished. Therefore if you have nothing to report until towards the end of your PhD don't worry. Where there are no new outcomes to submit, you can indicate this by adding not applicable this year as an answer to the mandatory questions, and clicking the submit button.

Help and support

More information can be found on the UKRI website or in the FAQ's for Studentship Grants. For help and support, please check our common questions section or contact

you can also views several short help videos on the Researchfish website

Researchfish PI Portfolio Overview 2016 from Researchfish on Vimeo.