Now that the main Researchfish submission period is finished and your submissions are complete, a common question is ‘what happens next?’
First of all, your information will go to the respective Research Council or funder where the outcomes you submitted will be reviewed and used to report on the impact of public investment in Research. The outcomes you submit may also be used in briefings and information requests for Parliament and other partners. By submitting your outcomes annually, you’re actively contributing to these reports and helping to ensure the most up-to-date information is available.
By using Researchfish you are helping the Research Councils to understand the long term impact of UK research. At a time where funding is being squeezed from all sides, it is increasingly important to be able to demonstrate the amazing contribution UK researchers are making to both society and the economy. The Research Councils use the information from Researchfish to help provide evidence in support of continued funding of UK research.
In addition to this, your submitted outcomes are made publicly available via the Gateway to Research website (http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/). This has the potential to increase the exposure of your research to a wide range of groups, including the public, other researchers, policy makers and businesses. One such business is BAE systems, which use Gateway to Research to inform a number of different aspects of their work including technology foresight, new capabilities and identifying researchers to work with once a topic of interest has been identified.
The Research Councils regularly use Researchfish information to help develop case studies and a UoB example can be found in the work of Dr Sara Jabbari from the School of Mathematics.
In 2014 Dr Sara Jabbari and colleagues across the University developed a mathematical model to assess under which circumstances anti-virulent drugs would be successful at treating bacterial infections. This was featured by the MRC in their news feed in February 2016 and is a great example of the exposure it is possible to achieve through the submission of your research outcomes; in this case a Research Database and collaboration.
Researchfish is about more than just recording your publications; a good quality submission can help promote your work to a wider audience. With this in mind, here are 5 steps to making a quick and easy Researchfish submission.
- Keep your information with the funders up-to-date via JeS. If you move institution or change PI on a project make sure this is reflected in the system. This makes sure the right PI is asked for information during the submission period.
- Why not add outcomes as you go along- Researchfish is available all year round- then all you have to do in the submission period is press the button!
- Remember most funders want you to report on projects up to 5 years after they have finished so remember to keep a record of any new activity or outcomes linked to old projects.
- Researchfish isn’t just used by the Research Councils. Remember there are submission periods throughout the year from other funders.
- Ask us for advice. If you’re not sure where the best place to record an outcome on Researchfish is, we can help!
For support with Researchfish please see the intranet site https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/planning/rpt/ResearchFish/index.aspx or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.