Research Outcomes

UK Research and Innovation has a responsibility to demonstrate the value and impact of research supported through public funding. UKRI Councils* use information that researchers provide on the outputs, outcomes and impact (subsequently referred to as ‘outcomes’) of their Council-funded projects to report to, and engage with, both the government and the public.

Collecting the outcomes and impact of research enables the Councils to:

  • provide a strong evidence base to support the continued funding of research in the UK
  • improve the quality of reporting about research outcomes to government, the public and other organisations
  • strengthen policy and strategy development
  • 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 communication with researchers and research organisations (ROs), offering new opportunities to explore how best to capture the results of research funding
  • engage and collaborate with the public, business, government and charitable organisations.

The Research Outcomes Support Team is the central support team dedicated to being the first point of contact for non-technical/policy queries relating to the Councils’ funded awards on researchfish®. If you have a query, please contact them by email at or by telephone on 0800 2922 478. For technical support on using the system, please contact Researchfish Ltd directly.

The next submission period on researchfish® is due to take place from 4 February 2019 to 14 March 2019.

* Please note that throughout the Research Outcomes webpages (and all related communications) when the phrase ‘the 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).