Research Outcomes Reporting

Research Outcomes Reporting


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


Outcomes Reporting

Every year, Research Councils UK, 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 outputs listed are complete 
  • add additional outputs
  • 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 4th February to 14 March 2018. Non-compliant PIs will lose eligibility to be a PI or Co-I on further awards from any Research Council and any current awards will have their payments withheld until such time as the PI becomes compliant. Sanctions will not apply to students.

If your publication or dataset is in Enlighten and linked to a relevant award by 11th February 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