The UKRI councils and many other funders have moved away from a final reporting-based approach to asking award holders (staff and postgraduate research students) to provide information throughout the duration of their funding, and for a period of time (up to 5 years) after it has ended. These funders use an online system known as Researchfish to monitor this information and award holders can and are encouraged to record the outputs, outcomes and impacts of their work at any time during the year. You can log on to Researchfish here: The login details for your account will be emailed to you by your funding body. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this email.

Submission Periods

The reporting process is only complete when this information has been submitted to the funder during its submission period.  The following funders have the same submission period and the next one is expected to be from early February to mid-March 2021 (the dates will be confirmed later in the year):

Versus Arthritis has two submission periods: 1st May 2020 - 29th May 2020 and 6th November 2020 to 4th December 2020.

Please note that:

  • funders will not give blanket extensions to these deadlines;
  • the award holder can delegate completion of the report to a member of their research team but only the award holder can submit the report, and
  • the submission is not complete unless the award holder has received an email confirmation from Researchfish.


Failure to make a submission may lead to sanctions being imposed by the funder. This could lead to the suspension of funding for active projects, and/or make PIs ineligible for future funding until required submissions have been made. These sanctions do not apply to students.

Support for Researchfish Users

If you are having issues with the Researchfish system (e.g. logging in or technical issues), please contact the Researchfish support team at:

Help and guidance is also provided in the Researchfish system (see the "?" symbol throughout). There is an online Help Centre available on the site, with FAQs, user guides, help videos and webinars, and an option to live chat (available 9am to 5pm, Monday - Friday).

RIN’s Open Research team can provide training for new account holders and general assistance. Please contact the team at: