Research evaluation

We use Researchfish to capture the outputs and impacts of the research we fund.

We have a responsibility to our supporters to demonstrate the results of their donations, and it is crucial that we monitor outcomes in order to plan our research strategy and meet the aims of the charity. Researchfish enables us to understand and communicate the impact your research is having and the progress we are making in bringing forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Researchfish is an online system developed specifically for collecting research outputs and is used by over 80 other funding organisations. It will provide us with vital information about the impact of our research, ensuring we have a comprehensive picture of the outputs from our entire research portfolio.

By signing up to this federated outputs system, CRUK also hopes to reduce the burden of reporting outputs data on our grantees as outputs can be entered once and attributed to any award from any funder subscribing to Researchfish. 

To find out more about Researchfish and how it affects you, read our guide for researchers (PDF 476KB) or our guide for host institutions (PDF 376KB).

CRUK requires an annual Researchfish submission from all our eligible researchers (including Institute Group Leaders) for the duration of an award and for three years after an award has ended.

Researchfish reporting requirements will be detailed in your Grant Award Letter. Exceptions may be possible where agreed by CRUK, for example, for researchers on maternity leave. To discuss individual circumstances, please contact us on

CRUK will update Researchfish quarterly with our grant information. We will notify researchers via email when your CRUK grant has been added onto the system and provide more information on how to activate your Researchfish account. Once your Researchfish account is activated, you can start adding outputs and attributing these to your CRUK award(s).

Our CRUK Researchfish user guide provides some basic guidance for using the system. More information is available on the Researchfish website via the Help pages, short videos and the “?” icon throughout.

Researchfish allows us to capture all outputs from your CRUK-funded research. These can range from publications, collaborations, engagement activities, influence on policy, and more. Please ensure you read through the question set and report all outputs in the relevant section. In general, you should include any outputs which you want us, as a funder, to know about.

We have put together a CRUK Researchfish Question Set Reference Guide for all sections within the Researchfish question set – this gives a short description for each section and details the type of outputs which can be reported under it.

Remember, you can access and update your Researchfish account throughout the year in order to reduce the reporting burden during the submission period. It is also possible for you to set up delegates to add, edit or delete entries on your behalf. However, only the grant holder can submit the Researchfish report. You must validate the data supplied and click ‘Submit’ on the Submission tab within the designated submission period.

The next CRUK submission period is 1 February — 10 March 2016.

For more information on how to complete your Researchfish submission, please see the CRUK Researchfish user guide.

Researchfish is distinct from CRUK’s online grants management system (eGMS) and you should continue to use eGMS for all required post-award grant management tasks, including Scientific Milestone Reports (SMRs). Where an SMR requires a list of your Attributable Publications, these should be downloaded from Researchfish and uploaded into your Complete Scientific Milestone Report task within eGMS.

Due to the implementation of Researchfish, final reports are now not required for the majority of our funding schemes. Some exceptions will apply and you should refer to your Grant Award Letter for details of specific reporting requirements for your CRUK award.

We are aware that Researchfish may be an additional reporting burden for some researchers and we are working to streamline our reporting processes, wherever possible.

Researchfish submission is mandatory and is a condition of your grant, reflected in our grant Terms and Conditions.

As final reports will be removed for the majority of awards, final payment on a grant will now be linked solely to submission of the Financial Reconciliation. Some exceptions will apply and you should refer to your Grant Award Letter for details of specific reporting requirements for your CRUK award.

Failure to comply with a valid annual Researchfish submission will result in CRUK withholding payments to the host institution as detailed in our grant conditions and Researchfish policy.

The data we collect through Researchfish gives us an important insight into three main areas:

Our research portfolio

Researchfish will provide us with a comprehensive picture of our research portfolio. It will help us to see the progress we are making towards our strategic aims and evaluate the outcomes of funding on a variety of different levels, such as funding scheme or location.

Our researchers

CRUK-funded researchers produce top quality science - but we know you do much more than that. Researchfish allows us to capture this important information, from engagement activities to awards and recognition, so we can demonstrate that we are funding the leaders in cancer research.

Our impact

We have stated that we want to accelerate the pace of progress in cancer research, so that within 20 years three in four people will survive their cancer diagnosis for ten years or more. To demonstrate how we have contributed to this progression and we need to collect consistent information over long periods of time. Researchfish will help us do this.


For support using the system, visit the Researchfish website or email Researchfish

Researchfish support

For questions about your CRUK award email us.

Useful documents

For more information about Researchfish:


For basic guidance for using the system:


For more information on the type of outputs you can report: