Researchfish® is an online reporting system used by funders to collect information on the outcomes and the impact of their research.
Researchers can add their outputs and outcomes throughout the year and must submit their reports during funder collection periods.
Researchfish® is currently used by the Research Councils (UKRI), Cancer Research UK, NIHR, British Heart Foundation and many other public and charitable research funding agencies. For a full list please see the Researchfish® website.
The Research Councils, as well as a number of other funders such as Cancer Research UK, impose sanctions for those who do not complete a full Researchfish® report. This may result in no future payments on existing grants and no further grant applications being accepted if a return is not completed.
The Research Councils publish Researchfish® returns on the Gateway to Research, giving greater exposure to researchers’ work. The outcomes reported are used to shape future funding opportunities, generate case studies and, crucially, to make the case to government for continued funding of the research areas that UKRI covers.
For some funders, including the Research Councils, Researchfish® has replaced the traditional end of award academic reports. For others (eg Parkinson’s UK), it is in addition. Researchers should check with their individual funder or the award conditions if in doubt.
Funders use the data submitted by researchers into Researchfish® to monitor and evaluate the outcomes of the research they fund.
Charitable funders need to demonstrate to their supporters that donations are being effectively spent and the outcomes are used to plan their research strategies.
UKRI use the data to produce analysis reports to lobby the government for continued funding for the scientific areas covered by the Research Councils. UKRI also publish the data on the Gateway to Research, as part of their open access policy.
Note: Ensure that information submitted via Researchfish is not confidential or personal and can be published. If there is sensitive information that you wish to make the Research Council aware of, you should contact your funder directly.
A list of recent reports produced by funders can be found on the Researchfish® website.
After the 2016 collection the Research Councils and MRC produced reports that look at outputs reporting from Oxford compared with the national figure. The reports are based on the Researchfish® question set and look at publication, collaboration, dissemination and a range of other outputs measures. See below for the Researchfish® analysis reports.
When your funder uploads your award details to Researchfish you will be sent an invitation to create an account. If you lose this invitation you can request a new one on the Researchfish® website.
If your award details are incorrect (your award title, email address, funding end date etc) please contact the Oxford Researchfish Support team and they will arrange for your funder to update the information.
Only a PI can submit the outcomes for their award, but others can be given access to add outcomes on behalf of the PI.
There are two types of access a PI can grant:
- Delegate access: a PI can grant another person (eg administrator or assistant) access to all their awards. The delegate will have the same functions as the PI, with the exception being able to submit.
- Research team access: a PI can grant another person (eg co-investigator or research assistant) access to a particular award. A research team member can view all outputs associated with an award and can re-use outputs in their own portfolios, as well as attributing outputs from their own portfolio into the PI’s award. A team member can only edit and remove outputs that they have entered.
To set up a research team click the ‘Manage’ button to the right of the Research Team title and then click ‘Add member’. Enter the member's name and email address and select which access to grant. After clicking ‘Send invitation’ they are then notified by email that they have been invited to join your research team.
Yes, students on UKRI-funded studentships in their third year or above are expected to submit annually for their remainder of the studentship and for three years thereafter. Students are not subject to sanctions.
- Researchfish® provide helpful information in their FAQs.
- For technical help with the system contact the Researchfish® support team.
- Researchfish® run webinars for PIs, researchers and delegates. These may also be of interest to administrators.
- For queries on what outcomes to report please contact your funder directly.
Oxford Researchfish® support team
Research Services have established a support team to help answer any questions that you might have about Researchfish® or research outcomes collections. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Symplectic Elements (SE) currently holds any grant also held in Oracle Financials (excluding Studentships) where a) the funder uses Researchfish® and b) the funder reference in Oracle Financials matches that in Researchfish®. Researchers are invited to link their new journal articles to their grant awards in Symplectic before 26 Jan 2018. The links will then be imported into Researchfish® and researchers can complete the rest of the record in Researchfish® with the other outcomes during the collection period.