Research outcomes

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:

Advocacy

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Justifying additional funding and explain research impact

Accountability

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Providing the evidence of delivery from our research funding

Analysis

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

Allocation

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

Efficiency

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

Openness

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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

The next UKRI submission period on researchfish® is due to take place between 4 February 2019 and 4pm 14 March 2019.

Information for PIs Information for students Information for RO
administrators

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).