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Researchfish: Have you been awarded a research grant? What you need to know and what you need to do

researchfish logoA brief background to Researchfish

As of 2015 over 90 research funders will require research outcomes to be submitted to them as part of the terms and conditions of the awarded research grant. Previously, different systems may have been used to record this information but now there is one central system – Researchfish. Researchfish is an online portal that researchers can use to record their research outcomes and submit them to their funder.

How do you know if you need to use Researchfish?

If you have funding from any of the 7 RCUK’s research councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) you will need to record your research outcomes via Researchfish and submit them to your funder. There are also 90 other public and charity funders that also use Researchfish to collect research outcomes. A full list of funders (as well as Research Institutions) can be found here.

If you have previously submitted your outcomes to your funder via Researchfish, you do not need to do this again but you are encouraged to continue to update your outcomes.

What happens if you don’t record and submit your research outcomes?

In a word – SANCTIONS. All the funders in Researchfish have signed up to the agreement that from 2015 onwards anyone not submitting their outcomes within the advertise submission period will face sanctions. This could mean payment on your grant could be stopped and the funder may not accept any further applications from you. Only the Principal Investigator on the grant has to record and submit outcomes.

What do you have to record?

There are common set questions regarding publication, impact and engagement etc. which you can record against your award. You may also have funder specific questions to answer, for example if your grant has a medical or ethical element to it.

When do you have to record your research outcomes?

You can add your research outcomes to your Researchfish profile and award at anytime – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year BUT you can only submit those outcomes via Researchfish to your funder during a submission period. Submission periods are set by the funder, you can submit your outcomes and resubmitted them anytime within that submission period.

When do you need to submit your research outcomes?

You will receive an email from RKE to notify you of when you should submit your outcomes.

Once you have recorded your outcomes you can submit them to your funder during the funder’s submission period. There are currently no submission periods set. Last year all RCUK grants had the submission period – 16 October 2014 to 13 November 2014, so we are expecting a similar time period this year.  You can check when your submission period is by either logging into your Researchfish account and checking against your funder or logging into the Researchfish page of the RKE Intranet (under the heading Submit).

What happens if your research grant has only just been awarded and you have no outcomes yet to report?

Even if your research grant has only recently been rewarded you will still be expected to submit something, even if that is a blank ‘nil submission’.  Details of how to do this as well as the general submission process are all on the RKE Intranet.

How to guides and further information

Introductory Video – For anyone new to Researchfish we recommend that they watch the introductory video here which goes through all the steps of activating your account, adding outcomes and submitting your outcomes to your funder.

Please log onto the RKE Intranet for the MMU guide to Researchfish including crib sheets on:

How to add research outcomes
Submit your outcomes
Submit a nil submission
Common set questions

If you need any help with Researchfish there is a live chat function within the Researchfish pages but you can also contact the RKE Office if you are having any issues or anything you would like to clarify – please email


Quick guide to research management systems within MMU

We are currently looking into interoperability between the various systems used in research management; to make the most efficient use of the systems, to reduce the amount of duplication of inputting information as well as duplication of records.

Brief explanations of the various systems currently used are below:

Researchfish  –used to research record outcomes and submit them to funders (all RCUK funders as well as others).

Symplectic  – used to record and ‘harvest’ from internet publications, articles etc by using your name and search details (used by all faculties apart from Business and Law)

Digital Measures – Business and Law’s version of Symplectic (see above) in use until 2016.

E-space – MMU’s open Access repository, e-space collects the work of MMU researchers and makes it freely available on the Web.

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Women in Architecture, MMU Event at Special Collections

Free event as part of the Wonder Women season:

Women in Architecture
Friday 6 March 2015
MMU Special Collections
3rd Floor, Sir Kenneth Green Library

Wonder Women, the celebration of women’s art, culture, film, sport, history, music and much more, returns to the city that gave rise to the suffragette movement. From 1-31 March, many of the city’s museums and galleries, as well as other public institutions, will be staging events that celebrate female creativity and ingenuity, commemorate the suffragette movement – and ask just how far feminism has come since women first began campaigning for the right to vote 100 years ago.

Following on from last year’s sell-out Women in Print event, this year MMU Special Collections will be hosting a special Women in Architecture event. Looking at women in architecture from historical and contemporary perspectives, the event will feature a series of short discussions with academics and practitioners including Simone Ridyard (Chair) – Senior Lecturer, Manchester School of Art, Helen Trott – Partner, Simpson Haugh and Partners, Sally Stone – Programme Leader, MArch Architecture, Manchester School of Architecture and Vicky Jolley – Senior Lecturer, Manchester School of Architecture. There will also be presentations from Laura Guy on Jane Drew (1911 – 1996) and her collaborations with artists and Lucy Biddle will talk about the poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) who lived in a striking modernist house in the hills outside of Petropolis, Brazil, with the self-trained architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

The event is free but places must be booked in advance. For more information and to book click here.

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New commissioned funding opportunities from MRC and NIHR

MRC and NIHRThe Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme (EME) is accepting applications to its commissioned workstream for the following topics:

  • 15/18 Diagnosis and treatment of allergies
  • 15/19 Metabolic liver disease (including NAFLD)
  • 15/20 Pancreatitis
  • 15/21 Surfactant therapy for bronchiolitis in critically ill infants and children
  • 15/22 Very low energy diets
  • 15/23 Mechanisms of action of health interventions

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 16 June 2015. For more information and to apply, please visit the EME commissioned call webpage.

Please contact RKE/your faculty Business Development Manager for support if you are interested in putting in a bid.


Tips for success

Step 1: Register for a webinar to learn more about these calls and have the opportunity to ask questions:

  • 15/18 Diagnosis and treatment of allergies: 10 March 2015, 15:00-15:45
  • 15/19 Metabolic liver disease (including NAFLD): 13 April 2015, 12:00-12:45
  • 15/20 Pancreatitis: 14 April 2015, 13:30-14:15
  • 15/21 Surfactant therapy for bronchiolitis in critically ill infants and children: 20 April 2015, 13:00-13:45
  • 15/22 Very low energy diets: 29 April 2015, 1:30-12:15
  • 15/23 Mechanisms of action of health interventions: 30 April 2015, 13:00-13:45

Step 2: Read the EME Programme remit and the commissioning brief to check if your innovation fits.

Step 3: Watch the tips for success videos for advice on making an application

Step 4: Collaborate and plan – successful EME applications generally involve strong collaborations between an academic unit and/or NHS organisation and/or industry. It is suggested that you build a strong team and start to prepare your bid with them using your combined expertise.

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Science Stalls at the Green Man Festival August 2015 – Call for Proposals

Einstein's GardenThe Green Man Festival have announced a call for proposals to run a science stall at their annual festival in August, with the aim of engaging festival audiences with science. The idea is to create an “Einstein’s Garden” with stalls that explore fundamental scientific ideas or phenomena, the process of science or current scientific research. There will be a diverse programme of performances, workshops and installations that use creativity, play and participation to engage people with science and research in unexpected ways.

The Green Man Festival is held near the Black Mountains in Wales and attracts 20,000 festival goers. The festival has earned a reputation as one of the great independent festivals in the UK. In 2010 Green Man won ‘Best Medium Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards and in 2012 the ‘Grass Roots Festival Award’. The 2015 festival dates are 20/21/22/23 August.

The Einstein’s Garden theme for 2015 is FUTURE. It is not essential for science stalls to directly relate to the theme, but it may help to shape your ideas.

For more information see


If you would like to apply to run a science stall in Einstein’s Garden please complete the online form here:


Tuesday 31st March.


The fee for standard stalls (up to 4mx4m) is £250 plus VAT. Fees for larger stalls will be negotiable on a case-by-case basis. There will be a limited number of free pitches available for small organisations.

Further details

The Green Man Festival will provide festival passes for successful applicants but are unable to cover any expenses or provide meal vouchers.

Please note that information about Science Stalls will be included on the Green Man Festival website but will not be included in the festival programme.

Organisations who apply are expected to bring a stall to Einstein’s Garden, to be able to support their stall holders participation in the festival and cover all materials, equipment, travel and subsistence expenses. Stall holders must provide their own small marquee. The stall must be set up by 4pm on Wednesday 19th August (for a site-wide health and safety inspection) and your stall must be open from 12 midday until 7pm on 20th August and from 10am until 7pm on 21st, 22nd and 23rd August. There will be no power available for stalls and no generators are allowed in Einstein’s Garden so if your stall does need power you must provide your own renewable energy. All stall holders must have comprehensive public liability insurance.

Please contact Ellen Dowell ellen@GREENMAN.NET if you have a query regarding the scheme.

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Latest Funding Opportunities from the Royal Society

Royal Society

Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (closes 12 March 2015)
This scheme is for outstanding scientists who would benefit from a five year salary enhancement to help recruit them to or retain them in the UK. 

Newton Advanced Fellowship (closes 18 March 2015)
Newton Advanced Fellowships are now available through the Newton Fund, which is part of the UK’s official development assistance. Its aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries.

Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative (closes 19 March 2015)
This programme is for scientists who want to develop collaborative research consortia between scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and a research institution in the UK.

SABMiller Royal Society Exchange Programme (closes 30 April 2015)
The SABMiller Royal Society Exchange Programme will provide awards of three years’ duration to enable African scientists in sub-Saharan Africa to partner with UK-based institutions.

Brian Mercer Feasibility Award (rolling round)
This scheme is for scientists who wish to investigate the feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their research.

Click into the links above for further details regarding the individual calls or go to the Royal Society webpage here  

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Funding opportunities event – Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

JSPSThe Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) promotes the advancement of academic research in all disciplines from social sciences and humanities to natural sciences and engineering. They offer individual fellowships, funding for group level projects and institutional level collaborations to build international networks.

An event to discuss these funding opportunities is being held 13:00-14:00, 24th February 2015, Room 3.204, University Place, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester.

The event is being arranged by the International Development team at the University of Manchester who have kindly extended the invite to MMU colleagues. Please email if you would like to attend the event. If you’re thinking of attending we’d love to know too (

A schedule for the day can be found here: Event Agenda

Further information can be found on the JSPS London website here

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January announcements


We would like to congratulate the following members of staff for their awards and wish good luck to those who have recently put in grant applications.


Congratulations goes out to the following members of staff and their teams for the following 5 grants that were awarded in January:

Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators: Andrew Moor (PI), Jon Binnie (Co-I), Christian Klesse (Co-I),
Project Title: Seeing Queerly: An LGBT Film History Season
Sponsor: British Film Institute

Principal Investigator: Alison Goodrum
Project Title: Buckskin & Ballgowns: Dressing for the Duderanch in Interwar America
Sponsor: Autry Center

Principal Investigator: Alicia Prowse
Project Title: Potential of the Human Capability Approach (HCA) for strategy development in HE curriculum
Sponsor: Society for Research into Higher Education

Principal Investigator: Adi Kunstman
Project Title: Paradoxes of Digital dis/engagement: A Pilot Study
Sponsor: EPSRC

MMU Lead: Janet Batsleer
Lead Applicant: Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt Am Main
Project Title: PARTISPACE
Sponsor: European Commission – Horizon 2020

Good luck

Good luck to the following members of staff and their teams that have put in 32 bids:

Bids - January