Research Outcomes Reporting


There is now a way to record information about knowledge exchange and impact. See


Outcomes Reporting

Every year, UKRI, Cancer Research UK and several other UK funders contact staff, students, and supervisors with past or present grants or studentships to ask them to provide ‘research outcomes’. Examples of research outcomes are:

  • publications,
  • details of collaborations,
  • public engagement activities,
  • development of medical, technical and artistic products,
  • examples of policy influence,
  • use of shared facilities and
  • (for students) any placements or internships.

These funders use a system called Researchfish to collect this information. Some funders require all award holders to participate, others make a selection. If you are required to participate, you will receive an email asking you to register to use the Researchfish system. Outcomes information can be updated at any time after registration. However, each funder will set a submission period when you must log in to the Researchfish system and:

  • check that the research outcomes listed are complete
  • ensure that outcomes are properly attributed to awards.
  • check that the information to be submitted is NOT sensitive or confidential. 
  • press the submit button

It is possible to make a nil return declaration, for example if your award has only just started.

For some funders, notably UKRI, the submission period will be from 1st February 2021 to 11th March 2021. 

Read more here 

We await further communication from funders and will email award holders who must make a return to confirm requirements and support offered by the library.

The rules below relate to the 2020 exercise and may change for 2021.  

Non-compliant Principal Investigators (PIs) may face sanctions from their funders. For UKRI, this means PIs will lose eligibility to be a PI or Co-Investigator on further awards and current awards may have payments withheld until the PI becomes compliant.

UKRI funded students whose studentships started on or before the 2 February 2018 will be asked to complete a return.

Sanctions will not apply to students. However, students still have an obligation to report outcomes as a result of the terms and conditions of their funding and the University has an obligation to ensure they do so.

UKRI invite supervisors to access student's awards to provide assistance and guidance on how to complete each required section. Supervisors are provided with read only access to all mandatory additional questions so that guidance can be provided but, as this information is specific to the student, a supervisor cannot add or edit any information. If the student is yet to complete a section, the supervisor will only see a line to state that the question is yet to be answered.

If a student has left the institution then the supervisor cannot add anything to the award and there is no further action for the supervisor to take.

If your publication is in Enlighten and linked to a relevant award by 5th February 2021 the Library will bulk upload the details to Researchfish to reduce manual keying. 

The library can help. Please do contact us on e.g. if:

  • you receive an email and do not know anything at all about the award;
  • you want to ask for an exemption to making a return e.g. because of long-term sickness leave;
  • you have any other questions the University of Glasgow’s approach to this exercise