In order to continue making the strongest possible case for government investment in social science research, we need to understand the effects of our funding.
To achieve this, we require our principal investigators to tell us about the outputs, outcomes and impact generated by their funding, using the Researchfish system.
You can update your Researchfish portfolio throughout the year as and when outputs are generated. However you must submit your portfolio during the annual submission period. The next Researchfish submission period is due to be announced for 2020.
You are required to complete Researchfish every year your grant is active and usually for five years after it has ended. This period can vary depending on the type of grant you hold. If you do not make a submission you will be ineligible to apply for further funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and may have your active funding suspended until the issue is resolved.
We have produced a summary (PDF, 236Kb) of our principal investigator data, which sets out our submission rates and the number and type of outputs submitted.
We also ask our ESRC-funded PhD students to complete a Researchfish submission from their third year onwards.
How the Researchfish data is used
We use the Researchfish data for a variety of purposes. It is made publicly available on Gateway to Research where it is available to download and allows anyone to view the outcomes of the research we fund. We use it to inform stakeholders about the outputs our research is generating and to make the case to government for the continued public investment in social science research. We also use it to develop case studies to highlight the outcomes and impact of our research. This means that it's very important that submissions are completed fully and accurately.
Additional reporting requirements
In addition to the requirement to complete Researchfish, there are also three ESRC specific reporting requirements that apply to principal investigators.
We ask that you complete your key findings and narrative impact reports in Researchfish each year that you make a submission. If your grant has just started, you are able to state that it is too early to have generated findings and impact.
In addition, we expect you to deposit any data that you created or repurposed during the lifetime of the grant with a responsible data repository and provide metadata relating to it via the UK Data Service. Please follow the guidance on submitting datasets and ensure that you read our research data policy.
We send and complete the following reminders and checks to ensure that these requirements have been completed. If they are not, you will be ineligible to apply for funding from the ESRC until this is rectified:
- We will remind you to deposit your data and complete your key findings when your grant ends. We will check that you have completed your key findings three months after your grant ends
- We will check that you have completed your narrative impact report one year after your award ends, and will send you a reminder three months before this.
Large-scale initiatives have additional final reporting requirements. Your investment manager will also be able to advise on what is required.
There may also be separate reporting requirements for placement grants. Doctoral Training Centres should not use the Researchfish system and have their own reporting requirements.
Help and support
More detailed guidance on how to complete Researchfish and what is expected can be found on the UKRI website.
There is also ESRC specific guidance (PDF, 45Kb) on the type of output information we would like to see submitted as well as guidance on completing your key findings (PDF, 36Kb) and narrative impact (PDF, 35Kb) reports.
To learn more about the Researchfish system, please visit the Researchfish website.
If you think that you should have received an invitation to set up a Researchfish account but haven't, or if you have any other nontechnical support questions, please get in contact with the UKRI Research Outcomes Support Team at email@example.com or 0800 2922 478.
For technical queries about the Researchfish system, please contact Researchfish directly. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the live chat on their website.
If you would like to speak to ESRC directly about your Researchfish submission, or if you have questions about our ESRC specific reporting requirements, please contact us at email@example.com or 01793 413129.