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Research outcomes

The next UKRI submission period is from 1 February 2021 to 16:00 on 11 March 2021.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) collects outputs, outcomes and impacts during the active life of their funded awards, and beyond. Currently this process is achieved by UKRI councils award holders making outcomes submissions on an annual basis via an online data repository known as researchfish®.  

UKRI has a responsibility to demonstrate the value and impact of research supported through public funding, but it also collects this information for a number of other reasons:


Justifying additional funding and explain research impact


Providing the evidence of delivery from our research funding


Basis for tracking progress, productivity and impact of our funded research


Providing evidence to support prioritisation across different sectors/strategic aims or programmes


Used as a replacement for final reporting and providing data to research organisations to re-use


Sharing information via Gateway to Research (GtR), providing visibility for business and the public

This set of webpages contains information that relates specifically to UKRI’s research outcomes collection policies and processes. There are also specific areas devoted to providing key information to principal investigators (inc. fellows), students (inc. their supervisors) and research organisations (ROs) administrators which can be accessed further down the page

Information for PIs Information for students Information for RO

Please note that throughout the Research outcomes webpages (and all related communications) when the phrase ‘UKRI’ or ‘UKRI councils’ is used, it is only referring to those elements of UK Research and Innovation who have a harmonised approach to the collection of research outcomes and currently gather them from award holders using the researchfish® system (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC).