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The Researchfish 2017 submission exercise has closed.
These pages will be updated with details of the 2018 submission exercise once available - the submission dates for responses will be from Monday 5 February 2018 to 16:00 hours on Thursday 15 March 2018.


2017 Researchfish Submission Period: from 6 February 2017 to 4pm on 16 March 2017

Researchfish® is a service used by many public and charitable research funding agencies (including the UK Research Councils (RCUK), the British Heart Foundation, Arthritis Research UK, Cancer Research UK, and NIHR) to standardise and collect research outcomes to help them track the impacts of their investments. RCUK extended the collection of output information to all current research council supported studentships in 2016 following a successful pilot with MRC.
 

Who needs to submit outcomes data via Researchfish?

UK Research Council funding: All current students in the third or later year of their studies funded (at least 50%) by a UK Research Council. For the 2017 submission period this means students whose awards started on or before 5 February 2015.* There are some exemptions (e.g. absence on maternity leave or long-term sickness) and if you feel you should not be included in the survey, please contact the relevant team in the PGR Service.

Studentship outcomes data should be provided throughout the studentship and for up to three years beyond graduation.

* A small number of students were included in the 2016 Submission Period whose studentship started after 5 February 2015. To keep things simple, RCUK has taken the decision not to remove these students from the system and will still ask them to submit.

UK Research Council funded students who started after 5 February 2015:
Your studentship award will be registered for use on the Researchfish system at a later date. Once you are added to the system you will receive an email from RCUK (as below), and at that time will be able to begin adding outcomes.


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding: All current students funded  by NIHR, including taught postgraduates undertaking the taught MSc in Clinical Research. There are some exemptions (e.g. absence on maternity leave or long-term sickness) and if you feel you should not be included in the survey, please contact the relevant team in the PGR Service.

Studentship outcomes data should be provided throughout the studentship and for up to five years beyond graduation.


Is it mandatory?

It is a condition of Research Council and NIHR funding to provide up-to-date details of the outputs and outcomes of your research and to submit this information via Researchfish during the Submission Period.

The RCUK cross-Council Sanctions Policy and the NIHR Sanctions Policy do not apply at present to students or their supervisors. However, you are strongly encouraged to participate as overall institutional compliance may be considered in making future doctoral training bids and the University will therefore be monitoring submission levels throughout the submission period.

 

What do I need to do?

  • if you have not already, register your details using the login details provided by Researchfish.
  • ensure your primary supervisor is added as a 'Team Member' on your award and add any other supervisors as appropriate.
  • enter your outcomes, e.g. publications, collaborations, public engagement
  • submit your outcomes during the 'submission period'
  • For RCUK-funded awards repeat every year until three years after your studentship has finished; for NIHR-funded awards repeat every year until five years after your studentship has finished


How do I login to Researchfish?

RCUK students who started on or before 5 February 2015:

You should have been sent an email in September 2015 from RCUK researchoutcomes@rcuk.ac.uk  with login details. This included a link to allow you to register on the Researchfish system and create your own account.

If you did not receive this email or have any problems logging in please contact the help desk at support@researchfish.com or access the Researchfish 'Help and Support' website at https://app.researchfish.com/helpwiz.


NIHR students:

You should have been sent an email from Researchfish with login details. This included a link to allow you to register on the Researchfish system and create your own account. For further details please see the NIHR Researchfish webpage.

If you did not receive this email or have any problems logging in please contact the help desk at support@researchfish.com or access the Researchfish 'Help and Support' website at https://app.researchfish.com/helpwiz.

 

When do I have to enter data?

You can enter data at any time throughout the year but you will need to confirm that all of your information is accurate and complete during the annual submission period. The current submission period runs between 6th February 2017 and 16th March 2017. You will receive reminder emails when the submission period opens and when to finish entering and submit your data. Successful submissions will be confirmed by the system via email.

 

What happens to my data?

RCUK wants to exploit the research outcomes data information fully and share with others so as to convey the quality and impact of the UK research base. Outcomes information from Researchfish is published via the RCUK Gateway to Research.


NIHR's Researchfish web page provides further details on how it will use the data. 


IMPORTANT

Please ensure that submitted data is appropriate for use in the public domain e.g. it is not defamatory; personal information about named individuals is not provided; it does not contain commercially sensitive information; etc.

 

Where can I find further information?