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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 over 70 research funders, 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 Feb - 16 March 2017 and we had a submission rate of over 96% with over 1,100 individual outputs added to the database.  We would like to thank all the researchers who added outputs resulting from their HSC R&D Division funded awards as this information helps us to appreciate the progress made through your research funding and allows us to, amongst many things, respond quickly and appropriately to queries from the Department of Health (NI), to make strategic decisions about research funding, research impact and value for money.

2018 Submission Period Update - The 2018 submission period ran from 5 Feb 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 have 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.  In addition Researchfish received full ISO 27001 certification.  To find out more click here.


Other Information and Guides

User Guide for Researchers - January 2017

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

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