Information on RCUK grant reporting via Researchfish.

What is Researchfish?

Researchfish ( is the website used by RCUK to allow grant holders to report on the progress of their grants.

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 RCUK.  After submission, the information will appear on the RCUK Gateway to Research (

The submission period for 2016 was 1 February 2016 to 10 March 2016 at 4pm.  Informatics had a 100% submission rate for staff members and around 75% for students!

The 2017 Research Outcome Data Collection submission will run from 6th February 2017 to 16th March 2017.

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?

From 2016, both students and staff who are RCUK 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 RCUK, but if you are uncertain if this applies to you, or which grants you need to submit for, please email the KM team

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.