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What we do with the outcomes information we've collected

UKRI uses information that researchers provide on the outputs, outcomes and impact of their UKRI-funded projects to report to, and engage with, both the government, the academic community and the wider public.

Below are some examples of what collecting the outcomes of its research enables UKRI to do:

Continued funding

Provide a strong evidence base to support the continued funding of research in the UK

Improve quality

Improve the quality of reporting about research outcomes to government, the public and other organisations

Strengthen policies

Strengthening policy and strategy development

Build relationships

Develop and maintain a longer term relationship with award holders through the capture of new developments and impacts from research after an award has finished

Improve communications

Improve communication with researchers and ROs, offering new opportunities to explore capturing funding results

Engage & collaborate

Engage and collaborate with the public, business, government and charitable organisations

The information collected is also used in a number of UKRI councils publications. Examples of where you can access these publications are available in our Use of researchfish data in publications 2009-2018 (PDF, 180KB) document.

Each year UKRI undertakes a number of analyses of all of the outcomes collected during a submission period. Below are two reports that look at major outcome types and submission compliance rates for UKRI-funded grants and studentships based on data collected during the 2019 submission period:

The information collected is also used to highlight the impacts that research projects funded by UKRI Councils are having on the world around us. UKRI posts a number of the latest examples on our website.

Further examples of these can be found on individual UKRI councils webpages: