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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.


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Invitation to Informatics Research Centre (IRC) Launch – September 16

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Dear colleagues, Professor Martyn Amos warmly invites you to attend the formal launch of the Informatics Research Centre (IRC), to be held in the Business School on September 16.
The IRC coordinates leading research in computer science and informatics within MMU, and we encourage colleagues from across the University to attend and find out how we might work together in future. The event will include the first showing of our new promotional video, strategic presentations, and plenty of time for discussion.
In order that we can accurately gauge numbers for catering purposes, it would be helpful if you could please register at



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News: Changes to NIHR RFPB Scheme


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From competition 28 the RfPB programme will be changing. The competition opens for applications on 26th August 2015, and will operate under the new two stage process with the shortened first stage application. Deadline for applications is 2nd December 2015.

In summary, the changes to the scheme are as follows:
• a preliminary stage one application form has been introduced which is a shortened version of the NIHR standard application form. The stage one application form will be easier and faster to complete given it is a shorter form
• stage one applications will be assessed by a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) and applicants will then be notified as to whether a stage two application has been invited by the RAC or not
• applicants will be provided with feedback following assessment of a stage one
• for applicants invited to stage two, information included within the stage one form will be auto populated into the stage two form, and applicants only need to make appropriate revisions (if necessary) and complete the remaining sections of the stage two form
• for further flexibility, applicants invited to stage two will also have the option to defer their stage two application to the following competition should they wish to
• four RACs will be merging to form two, North East and Yorkshire and The Humber regions (Yorkshire and the North East) and the South Central and South East Coast regions (South East and Central), reducing the number of RACs to eight.
More detail about these changes can be found on the RfPB website

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Breaking News: ESRC changes funding thresholds to boost success rates

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On 5 March, the council announced that the lower threshold for applications would be raised from £200,000 to £350,000, and the upper threshold decreased from £2 million to £1 million. The changes to the application thresholds will come in to effect from 1st July 2015.

Adam Goldberg, Research Manager from Nottingham University has written an interesting article on the changes, on his research blog ‘Cash for Questions’.

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MMU achieves 100% compliance with Researchfish submission

researchfish logoCongratulations and thanks to everyone who submitted their research outcomes in time for the Researchfish deadline last month. We have had confirmation that we were 100% compliant with the request to submit research outcomes for any live research grants and any research grants that have completed within the last five years.

What is Researchfish?

Researchfish is an online research outcomes recording system for researchers and funding organisations. The Researchfish system has replaced ROS (Research Outcomes System) to collect the outcomes of any research that is funded by RCUK research councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC). There are also nearly 90 public and charity funders that use Researchfish to collect research outcomes.

Next steps

In January we will be making further announcements about Researchfish. We will be posting FAQs, crib sheets and further guidance; what it is, what you have to do and when you have to do it.

Further info

If you have any questions about Researchfish in the meantime please email the RKE office at

FAQs –

Introductory video –

Webinar – the next webinar is 11am (GMT), Thursday 11th December

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NIHR workshop on multimorbidities in older people Researcher briefing event

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In early 2015, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will issue a call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services delivered for older people with multimorbidity (defined as the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions in one person).

This call is an initiative by the NIHR in recognition of the need for further research based evidence to support the delivery of best care to people with multimorbidities and to enable them to maintain their capabilities and quality of life.

The workshop is open to all those in any discipline who are working, or interested in working, in research relating to Multimorbidities in older people. Representatives from a range of NIHR programmes and supporting NIHR infrastructure will attend to advise on the various funding routes available and provide help and guidance on developing and submitting an application.

To register your interest in attending the workshop, please visit Once the booking form has been completed, you will receive an email asking you to click on the link to confirm your interest in attending. Please ensure you do this to register your interest.

If you aren’t allocated a space, you will be able to view the presentations and supporting information online following the workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact or visit

Please remember to inform the RKE team if you are attending the workshop!

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MMU STAFF: Open sessions for the new RKE Strategy

StrategycoverOpen sessions are taking place across the University for colleagues to have their say on the new Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy. The next two events are tomorrow – Wednesday 26th November (for the full list of events see below).

The new Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy represents an exciting transformation for MMU, putting research and knowledge exchange at the heart of the University.

Led by Professors Dave Raper, Cathy Urquhart, Paul Holmes and Mark Ratcliffe the sessions are a follow up to the recent unveiling of a strategy document which marks a fresh and exciting start to RKE activities.

Sessions will present to you the RKE Strategy, giving you the opportunity to meet members of the RKE team and openly discuss the new strategy.

For further information on the strategy, please visit the Strategy page on the RKE website here

Wednesday 27th November
1:00pm – 2:00pm
G36 New Business School

3:00pm – 4:00pm
LT2 Geoffrey Manton

Thursday 28th November

1:30pm – 2:30pm
BZ403 Benzie Building
(New Art and Design Building)

Wednesday 4th December
1:00pm – 2:00pm
GLT Elizabeth Gaskell

Tuesday 10th December
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Crewe Lecture Theatre, Crewe Campus

Thursday 12th December
1:30pm – 2:30pm
LTA Simon Building, Didsbury Campus