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Submission Periods

The next submission period for all Research Councils, NIHR and CRUK will take place between 05 February 2018 and 4pm on 15 March 2018. Please note that outputs can be added to your researchfish® records at any time.


Submission periods for other funders:

The British Council: No open submission periods set

Arthritis Research UK: 01 November to 01 December 2017 and 01 May to 31 May 2018


General Information

researchfish® is a research outcomes system designed to enable researchers to report once across multiple funders, and re-use their data. It is currently used by many public and charitable research funding agencies (including the UK Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, & STFC), the British Heart Foundation, Arthritis Research UK, Cancer Research UK, and NIHR). For a full list please see the researchfish® website (

If you have received funding from any of these organisations it is likely that you will be required to make an annual submission via researchfish® to report the outcomes of your project, and for up to five years after the end date.

researchfish® has a simple, one-click environment for adding research outcomes to be stored and/or attributed to a funded project. Researchers and post graduate research students, or one of their delegates, can add, edit and delete entries, and attribute entries to awards they hold or to one of their CVs held in the researchfish® portal.

All UK Research Councils have confirmed that they will be requiring their funded researchers to submit annual returns in line with the compliance and sanctions policy at

RCUK extended the collection of output information to all current Research Council supported studentships in 2015/16. Please see the information for PGR students for further details.

researchfish® data collected from researchers is published via the RCUK Gateway to Research.

NIHR's researchfish® web page provides further information on how it uses the data.



Please ensure that the data submitted 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.


Support for researchfish® Users

All Principal Investigators required to make a submission to researchfish® are encouraged to enter details of outputs from their funded research projects as they become available throughout the year.

Anna Collins and Constance Croot are the dedicated support in RIN and can provide help for PIs through demonstrations and workshops on request. Researchers can also email questions to

Help and guidance is also provided throughout the researchfish® system (see the blue "?" symbol throughout). There is an online Help Centre available within the system, with FAQs, context sensitive enquiry functionality and Live Chat (available 9am to 5pm, Monday - Friday). More video tutorials are available via the dedicated YouTube channel.

If you have issues with the researchfish® system (e.g. logging in or technical issues), please contact their support team at: