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Capturing outputs from our funded research - Researchfish

Like many other funding organisations, HSC R&D Division are accountable to our stakeholders, and therefore it is crucial that we monitor the outcomes of the research we fund on a regular basis. It is also important that we can provide our supporters with evidence that the research we fund is translated into advances in health and social care.

We use Researchfish, an online survey database now adopted by a large consortium of research funders, with over £60B of tracked funding, 3.5M outcomes and over 160K research awards, to gather information about research outputs and outcomes.

The principle behind Researchfish is simple: to allow researchers to record all their research outputs and outcomes once only, in a format that allows easy submission of the relevant parts to individual funding organisations.

With Researchfish, we are working together with other funders to address the increasing administrative burden faced by researchers due to the many separate initiatives to collect research output data.

We use the Researchfish system to collect data on outcomes and impacts arising from all our awards. Submission will be required for each year of funding and for 5 years after the award has ended.

For information on what you will need to do, when to submit, condition of grant, queries and contact details click: Researchfish Info Document

2017 Submission Period Update - The 2017 submission period ran from 6 February 2017  until 16 March 2017 and we had a submission rate of over 96% with over 1,100 individual outputs added to the database. 

2018 Submission Period Update - The 2018 submission period ran from 5 February 2018 until 15 March 2018 and we had a submission rate of 98% and over 1,000 individual outputs added to the database. For this year we added additional PPI questions in additional to the common outcomes. These questions were developed following discussions with Researchfish, Arthritis Research UK, Parkinson's UK, Marie Curie, CRUK, NIHR and INVOLVE. 

2019 Submission Period - The 2019 submission period ran from 4 February 2019 until 14 March 2019 and we had a submission rate of over 91% and 722 individual outputs added to the database.

2020 Submission Period - The 2020 submission period ran from 3 February 2020 until 12 March 2020.  


Other Information and Guides

User Guide for Researchers - October 2022

Table of common outcome types with sub-types - January 2018

Researchfish Outcomes Common Question Set - July 2018

Additional PPI Questions - January 2018

Publication Look Up Guidance - September 2018

Researchfish Newsletters - click on issue below to view

There is now also a PI Support section on the Researchfish Website which includes FAQ's, customer support, help videos and user guides