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RCUK Outcomes Harmonisation Project

The RCUK Research Outcomes Harmonisation Project was established to oversee the implementation of a harmonised outcomes collection service for all Research Councils by September 2014.

Previously the following five Research Councils used the Research Outcomes System (ROS) to collect outcomes:

  1. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  2. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  3. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  4. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  5. Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

The following two Research Councils used the Researchfish system, along with many other funders (including Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Scottish Funding Council):

  1. Medical Research Council (MRC)
  2. Science and Technology Facilities Councils (STFC)

Responding to a drive from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and feedback from external users, it was agreed that there was a need for greater uniformity of user experience and harmonisation of the data collected to improve analysis, reporting and communications.

On 4 June 2014, Researchfish Ltd was announced as the supplier of the new harmonised service. In order to prepare data already in ROS for migration to the Researchfish system, the ROS system was frozen on 30 April 2014 and no further changes to ROS data by users have been allowed. Cleaned data which met the new criteria has now been migrated into Researchfish. From September 2014, all researchers will be able to add and amend outcomes data using Researchfish.

The project team will remain in place after this date to support the 2014 Data Submission period.

Project Overview

An overview of the new system and processes, including the 2014 dates is available here .

The previous project webpage including links to project updates and project board minutes can be found here.

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