Researchfish

Information on UKRI (previously RCUK) grant reporting via Researchfish.

What is Researchfish?

Researchfish (http://www.researchfish.com) is the website used by UKRI  Councils (previously RCUK) to allow grant holders to report on the progress of their grants. 

From 2019, the Wellcome trust will also ask grant holders to use Researchfish when reporting on research outcomes at the end of their awards. This will affect grantholders whose grants end between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019. 

Grant holders can add information on research outputs, key findings and impact to the system at any time.  Roughly once a year, this information must be submitted to UKRI.  After submission, the information will appear on the UKRI Gateway to Research (https://gtr.ukri.org/).

The submission period for 2018 was 5 February 2018 to 15 March 2018 at 4pm.  Informatics had a 100% submission rate for staff members and around 69% for students!

The 2019 Research Outcome Data Collection submission will run from 4 February 2019 to 14 March 2019.

Grant holders can add information to Researchfish at any point and do not need to wait until the submission period.

Who needs to make a Researchfish submission?

Both students and staff who are UKRI funded are required to make a submission.  Submissions need to be made for any grants that are either current or have ended in the last five years.  Everyone who is required to submit should be emailed by UKRI, but if you are uncertain if this applies to you, or which grants you need to submit for, please email the Informatics RDM team: rdmpublications@inf.ed.ac.uk.

Only the grant holder can make the submission in Researchfish.

What needs to be submitted?

The following information is required for all grants:

  • research outputs produced by the grant
  • key findings
  • narrative impact

Any information added in previous years will still be in the system, so only new outputs, findings or impact are needed.

If the grant is still running and has produced no outputs, impact or findings, it is possible to make a nil return but the grant holder will still need to go into the Researchfish system and make the submission.

What happens if grant holders don't submit?

There are no sanctions for students who fail to submit, but they are strongly encouraged to submit.

From 2016 there are sanctions for all RCUK councils for staff grant holders.  Sanctions may mean that:

  • PI may be unable to apply (either as a PI or Co-I) for further awards from any Research Council.
  • Payments for current awards may be withheld.

What support is available?

Please see the individual pages for staff and students for information on support available.