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Man Met achieves 100% compliance with ResearchFish submission

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Manchester Met has achieved 100% compliance with its ResearchFish submission in 2017.

ResearchFish is an online survey that collects research outcomes. Funders use the tool to track the impacts of their investments, and academics use it to log outputs arising from funded research. Over 100 funders, including the seven UK Research Councils, currently use ResearchFish collecting submissions from universities across the country.

For the second year running, Manchester Met has achieved 100% compliance with its ResearchFish submission. This means that all researchers required to report against their funded research completed their submission before the submission period closed on 16th March 2017.

Due this achievement, our researchers’ fantastic work will soon be available to view on Gateway to Research. It also means that potential sanctions from late submissions have been avoided.


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An Introduction to Researchfish

Researchfish is an online portal that researchers must use to submit their research outcomes to their funder, as part of the terms and conditions of an awarded research grant.

What do you have to submit?

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.

You may be required to report for up to 5 years after the project has ended. As such, you are encouraged to continue to update your outcomes yearly.

If you have nothing to report in this submission period, you must still formerly submit a ‘nil submission’.

When do you have to submit your research outcomes?

You can add your research outcomes to your Researchfish profile and award at anytime – BUT you can only submit those outcomes via Researchfish to your funder during a submission period.

The upcoming Submission Period for all RCUK grants is 06 February – 16 March 2017.

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

In a word – 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.

How to guides and further information

Introductory Video

Webinars

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 research@mmu.ac.uk


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Research Fish – Report your Outcomes

Today sees the opening of the Research Fish Submission Period. Any researchers (staff or student) funded by any of the Research Councils, British Heart Foundation or NIHR, will be required to submit their research outputs within the given timeframe.

Failure to report if required could result in sanctions being imposed – meaning no future payments on existing grants and no further grant applications being accepted.

Staff and Students (as well as supervisors) required to submit should have been alerted by Research Fish as well as the MMU RKE Office.

For more information on Research Fish, as well as Submission Period Dates, please click here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding reporting, please contact Research Development.


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Reporting Research Outputs to ResearchFish

As of next Monday the Submission Period for Research Fish will open. Any researchers (staff or student) funded by any of the Research Councils, British heart Foundation or NIHR, will be required to submit their research outputs.

Failure to report if required could result in sanctions being imposed – meaning no future payments on existing grants and no further grant applications being accepted.

Staff and Students (as well as supervisors) required to submit should have been alerted by Research Fish as well as the MMU RKE Office.

For more information on Research Fish, as well as Submission Period Dates, please click here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding reporting, please contact Research Development.


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ORCID ID: Get one now in 3 easy steps!

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What is ORCID?

An ORCID iD is a unique and persistent identifier for researchers – an ID number that can help make your scholarship easier to find and attribute so that you get credit for all that you do.

Having an ORCID iD will help:

  • Make your work discoverable by others
  • Connect your research to you throughout your career, no matter how your name appears in publication
  • Distinguish you from other researchers with similar names
  • Minimize the time you spend entering data when submitting research for publication or applying for grants

Another good reason to register:

researchfish logoResearchfish has recently become a member of the ORCID community and are integrating with the ORCID iD researcher identification registry, this will enable researchers to transfer publicaitons to and from their ORCID account.

In three easy steps you can Register, Build your Profile and Use your ID. To register click here


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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:

ORCID

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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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 researchapplications@mmu.ac.uk

FAQs – https://www.researchfish.com/faq-questions-top

Introductory video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG40dHIewKY

Webinar – the next webinar is 11am (GMT), Thursday 11th December https://www.researchfish.com/contact/webinar/pis