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Important News: Researchfish Update

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As you are aware, we are required as an institution to report on the outcomes, outputs and impact of research to be returned to the Research Councils (and a number of other research funders), during and after the end date of funded projects. All RCUK councils adopted the Researchfish system to capture this information.

MMU’s compliance rate in the October-December 2014 gathering period was a 100% – we submitted research outcomes for all live research grants and any research grants completed within the last five years.

From the first submission period, many research organisations provided feedback on the need for better interoperability with the research information systems used by ROs. Researchfish has been working with a number of organisations on enhancing the current system and this has led to a delay in 2015 submission period for RCUK funders.

We can confirm the next submission deadline for RCUK funders will be from 1st February to 4pm on 10th March 2016.

Researchers (including funded students) will need to submit and return their information within this timeframe. We must ensure all publications acknowledge their research council support and include the award reference number.

It is important to note, sanctions will apply for noncompliance.

Noncompliant researchers will not be able to apply for further awards from any research council and any current awards will have their payments withheld. The policy document for sanctions can assessed here.

Further updates and Important Information:


As part of the on-going interoperability process, Researchfish is working to integrate with the ORCID registry. This means ‘researchers can push and pull publications and award data between the two systems’.

We would advise all academics to register for a unique ORCID identify. Registration for individuals is free on the ORCID website.

New awards

All new awards will be uploaded in to the Researchfish systems this month (September 2015).

Amendments to Award Information in Researchfish

Details of existing awards on Researchfish are refreshed annually with data taken from Je-S. Details of new grants are also taken from this source. Any changes in information relating to awards, e.g. email addresses, should therefore be made by PIs by 15 November 2015 as this information will feed into Researchfish at the full award data refresh in December 2015.