Using the research evaluation software Researchfish
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust uses the online database Researchfish to gather information about the outcomes of the research we fund. Read on to find out more about how Researchfish works and how to submit your data.
Why does the Trust use Researchfish?
Researchfish allows us to collect consistent data on the impact of the research we fund. We use this data to share what has been achieved through our research funding schemes with the CF community, it helps us to evaluate the outcomes of our funding and helps 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 2021 we will be asking for Researchfish returns on the following awards:
- Strategic research centre grants (SRCs) that have been going for longer than a year
- Venture and Innovation awards (VIAs) that have been going for longer than a year
- SRCs for five years after our funding has finished
- VIAs for three years after our funding has finished
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.
Researchfish submission during COVID-19 pandemic?
We’re aware that it has been a difficult year in which to do research and it continues to be so. In light of this, we carefully considered whether or not to continue with the Researchfish submission this year. We decided to go ahead as it would provide us valuable evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Evaluating the impact of Trust-funded research is a long-term goal and to omit a year of collection would give inconsistencies in the data.
We have reduced the request for submissions, and will not be requesting data on completed awards for this year only. We will be reinstating these submissions in 2022.
How do I submit my data on Researchfish?
Step 1: Accept the invitation to submit
To add data on your CF Trust grant within Researchfish, you will need to accept an invitation to submit data. This is an email with an invitation link.
If you haven’t used Researchfish before, you will need to create an account, and you will be guided through the steps to do this.
If you have used Researchfish before, but haven’t reported on the specific grant we’ve asked for data on before, you will need to accept the invitation to submit data on this grant.
Step 2: Submit your data
Once you've accepted the invitation, 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.
When you've finished, don't forget to press the 'submit' button! 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 1 February and 11 March 2021. This is the same time window as other research funders are using.
Do I still need to submit progress reports to the Trust?
Yes, 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
We've compiled a list of tips that you might find helpful as you add data to your Researchfish account.
There is a Help section on the Researchfish website which contains information on how to re-send an invitation email, reset your password, browse the user guide, 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.
Research we fund
The Trust is committed to funding and supporting cutting-edge research to find new and better treatments for cystic fibrosis.
Find out about our research priorities and how and when we are allocating funding to meet these requirements and have the greatest impact on cystic fibrosis research.
Researchers are investigating a range of issues related to cystic fibrosis, from transplants to bacterial infections and gene therapy.