We have recently joined Researchfish to collect data on the impact of the research we fund. This will allow us to share with people with cystic fibrosis (CF) what has been achieved through our research funding schemes, help us to evaluate the outcomes of our funding and help us to generate income to continue to fund CF research into the future.
What is Researchfish?
Researchfish is an online database used to gather outputs and outcomes from research grants awarded by many research funding agencies in the UK and abroad.
For research funders it allows us to collect information in a uniform way across our research portfolio. For researchers, as many funders use this software, it allows them to store information on outcomes and outputs in one central place, making it easier to share with respective research funders.
Who should submit Researchfish returns?
In 2018, as this is the first year that we are collecting this data, the principal investigators of ongoing Strategic Research Centres (SRCs) and project grants will be asked to submit their data. We will be emailing those researchers separately. Researchfish data entry will be rolled out more widely in future years. Eventually all of the Trust’s grantees will be asked to complete a Researchfish return.
Submission of data to Researchfish is an additional requirement to providing us with annual progress reports. We’re still keen to hear about progress on achieving the aims of your research grant as set out in your original funding proposal.
How do I submit my data on Researchfish?
You will be sent an email invitation asking you to enter data into Researchfish.
Step 1: Set up your account
If you haven’t used Researchfish before, you will need to build a profile and enter data on the research grants that you hold. If you’ve already used Researchfish to submit data for other research funders, you won’t need to add this basic information in again.
Step 2: Submit your data
Once your profile is built you will be asked to ‘submit’ outcomes and outputs that are relevant to Cystic Fibrosis Trust-funded research to us, during our submission window.
It is possible to delegate or ‘nominate’ different members of the team to add data on your behalf.
We can’t see your research portfolio on Researchfish, so the only way for us to access your output and outcome information is via submitting the data to us.
When do I need to submit the data?
We will be asking you to submit your data between 5 February and 15 March 2018. This is the same time window as other research funders are using.
Do I still need to submit progress reports to the Trust?
Completion of a Researchfish data entry is additional to the annual progress reports that provide us with progress on achieving the aims of your research grant as set out in your original funding proposal.
More information on how to submit
There is a Help section on the Researchfish website which contains information on how to re-send an invitation email, reset your password, watch help videos or join an introductory webinar.
If you can’t find answers to your technical questions, you can email or livechat with colleagues at Researchfish.
For other queries, please contact us.
How will we use your data?
The data will be analysed collectively to evaluate whether our research funding is making progress towards the aims in our research strategy. We will also use it to explain to donors how we’ve spent the money that they have raised. We may want to share specific impacts that you’ve told us about, and we’ll get in touch with you if we do.