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Response code guidance for the 2018 researchfish® Submission Period

All awards on researchfish® are given a ‘response code’ in order to allow Funders to determine certain rules that will apply to individual grants or studentships during the Submission Period.

Each year ahead of the next Submission Period RCUK refreshes all of the award details in researchfish®. Research Organisation (RO) are then asked to look at all of their Institution’s awards to decide whether a request to change response codes for any of the awards is required. This year the refresh should be completed around 20 November 2017 allowing ROs to then look at the most up to date data and request changes before the deadline date of  05 January 2018. After this date the awards expected to submit will be set and RCUK cannot guarantee that any late requests made will be processed until after the Submission Period is finished on 15 March 2018. However, they will all be processed before the final RO compliance rates are produced.

Response Codes Guidance

For the 2018 Submission Period RCUK has produced a variety of guidance documentation o help ROs decide whether they need to apply changes in response codes for particular awards.

Here is the 2018 response code template , please complete and return to researchoutcomes@rcuk.ac.uk.

Generic guidance  

RCUK has produced some generic guidance on response codes and the response codes change process. This covers the definitions of each response code and provides suggestions of what would be deemed to be appropriate or inappropriate reasons to ask for particular response code changes to be made. This guidance can be accessed here .

Specific Council guidance

Within the generic response code guidance document a general principle is mentioned that is used by RCUK when considering whether an award holder whose award’s funding has finished will continue to be expected to submit research outcomes. However there may be a variety of exceptions to this principle which individual Councils apply. Specific exceptions to the general principle can be found below for each Council where applicable:


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