Annual Funder Reporting through Researchfish

Researchfish is used by funders, research institutions and researchers to track funding, awards and research outcomes. In the UK over 100,000 researchers use Researchfish annually to report the outcomes, outputs and impact of their research to funders.

If you are a principal investigator, of an UKRI (formerly RCUK), CSO, NIHR or medical charities grant, you will receive an email from your funder, or Researchfish, inviting you to make a return. Annual submissions have to be made for all live grants, and for completed grants for at least five years after the end date.

If you are a research student, funded by a UK research council, you will also receive an email from your funder inviting you to make a Researchfish submission. Submissions will be requested each year from the 3rd year of funding, during the lifetime of the award, and usually for up to three years after the end of the award.

 

Compliance with Researchfish reporting is compulsory under the terms and conditions of funding.  The 2019 submission period, for most funders, will run from 04 February - 14 Mar 2019  and it is vital that all PIs respond within the specified timeframe.  Where PIs fail to complete their return within the deadline, funders may impose sanctions on individuals.

Funders using Researchfish in the 2019 main reporting period are:

Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) 28 Jan 2019 to 29 Mar 2019
Action Medical Research 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
Arts and Humanities Research Council 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
British Heart Foundation 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
Cancer Research UK 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
Chief Scientist Office 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
Economic and Social Research Council 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
Medical Research Council 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
National Institute for Health Research 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
Natural Environment Research Council 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
Science and Technology Facilities Council 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
UK Space Agency 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
Wellbeing of Women 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019
Wellcome Trust 04 Feb 2019 to 14 Mar 2019

 

What is Researchfish?

Researchfish is an externally hosted system for the reporting of research outcomes, used by an increasing number of research funders, including UKRI (formerly RCUK), Wellcome, CSO, NIHR, CRUK, Arthritis Research UK). 

Researchfish was rolled out for AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, & NERC in September 2014. The first collection period ran from 16 October – 13 November 2014. (MRC and STFC were existing users of Researchfish and ran their collections in the autumn.)

In 2019 Wellcome will join Researchfish's main submission period. The 2019 collection period, for most funders, will run from 04 February 2019 - 14 Mar 2019

Researchfish Reporting Period 2019

The main Researchfish reporting period will run from 04 February - 14 Mar 2019

If you are a principal investigator, of a UKRI (formerly RCUK), CSO, NIHR, Wellcome, or medical charities grant, you should have received an email from your funder, or Researchfish, inviting you to make a return.  Annual submissions have to be made for all live grants, and for completed grants for at least five years after the end date. 

Research students with studentships which have been active for more than two years will be asked to report through Researchfish. Students will also be asked to report for at least three years after funding has finished.

Compliance with Researchfish reporting is compulsory under the terms and conditions of funding. It is vital that all PIs respond within the specified timeframe.  Where PIs fail to complete their return within the deadline, funders may impose sanctions on individuals.

Why do I have to report to Researchfish?

Compliance with Researchfish reporting is compulsory under the terms of conditions of research grants. It is vital that all PIs respond within the specified timeframe and report on research outcomes on all grants, both ongoing and completed. Annual submissions have to be made for all live grants, and for five years after their completion. This includes ‘nil returns’ where no outcomes can be reported. 

Each funding body has its own ‘reporting window’, and you will be alerted by both the funder and the University when reporting is required. Your Researchfish landing page also shows all reporting periods.

How do I access Researchfish?

You can log on to Researchfish here: www.researchfish.com. You will have received login details for your account from your funding body.

For log in support, forgotten passwords and any other technical support with Researchfish, please contact using the web form on www.researchfish.com or the live chat functionality on the website.

What will Researchfish data be used for?

The data entered into Researchfish is used by RCUK (now UKRI) to populate Gateway to Research All information entered into Researchfish is public and accessible through Gateway to Research. The list of publications entered into Researchfish is also used by RCUK (now UKRI) to monitor compliance with open access requirements. For RCUK (now UKRI) open access requirements please see our Open Access pages

Data from Researchfish returns has been used in a number of ways, since the first submission periods, an example of the use of this data can be seen at the AMRC making a difference: impact report 2017

How can the University help?

Help with Reporting

Reporting of outcomes is the responsibility of each PI.

Researchfish does not automatically grant access to PI accounts to administrators. While administrative staff can check who has responded, they are not able to enter or amend any data in individual accounts, unless they are given delegate status. We strongly encourage all PIs to invite the generic e-mail address researchreporting@abdn.ac.uk as a delegate on their account (User name Research Support; e-mail: researchreporting@abdn.ac.uk).  This will allow a pool of administrators access and will enable us to validate entries and help with the submission as required. researchreporting@abdn.ac.uk can also be contacted if you require further information. 

Please note that, if you are using a delegate, submission can only be made from the PI account.

Technical help and support

Any questions about technical issues, access to accounts should be addressed to Researchfish themselves. Please use the webform on www.researchfish.com or the live chat functionality offered by the site.

How can I find out more?

If you have any questions about entering your publications on Researchfish you can contact Marlis Barraclough or Nykohla Strong on researchreporting@abdn.ac.uk. Questions about entering patents, IP impacts and outcomes other than publications can be addressed to your Business Development Officer at researchreporting@abdn.ac.uk .

Questions

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