Like many other funding organisations, we are
accountable to our stakeholders, and therefore it is crucial that
we monitor the outcomes of the research we fund on a regular basis.
It is also important that we can provide our supporters with
evidence that the research we fund is translated into advances in
the fight against cardiovascular disease.
We use Researchfish, an online survey
database developed from
MRC e-Val, to gather information about research outputs and
The principle behind Researchfish is simple: to allow
researchers to record all their research outputs and outcomes once
only, in a format that allows easy submission of the relevant parts
to individual funding organisations. In implementing Researchfish,
we have worked together with other funders to address the
increasing administrative burden faced by researchers due to the
many separate initiatives to collect research output data.
We will use the Researchfish system to collect data on outcomes
and impacts arising from all our awards (with the exception of BHF
Chairs, Infrastructure Grants, Strategic Initiatives and BHF
Centres of Research Excellence). We will ask for information on all
active (financially open) grants as well as any grant that closed
after 1 January 2012.
What you will need to do
We will ask you to enter the relevant information into distinct
output types and sections in your Researchfish portfolio. You
or a nominated delegate can add, edit and delete entries, which can
then be quickly and easily attributed to one or more grant awards
you hold with us, or with any of the other funding organisations
that use Researchfish.
When to submit
We will ask you to submit BHF-related grant evaluation data once
a year, during a defined time period.
The first round of submission will be
between the 1st October and the 14th December
2012 midnight. Please note our new closing date to
allow you more time to submit.
After the submission period, you can enter, amend and update
information in your portfolio at any time throughout the year. As
we begin to understand more about the length of time in which
outputs are realised, we will be able to establish a cut-off point,
sometime after grant closure, after which we will no longer request
updates. We will retain the data submitted to us in Researchfish
organised training sessions in the form of webinars for
researchers; a short video also demonstrates how to enter,
attribute and submit data for a particular grant. Visit Researchfish for
further information and registration.
Condition of grant
Submitting Researchfish data is a Condition of Grant. You will no
longer need to submit a grant Annual Report unless otherwise specified, but you will still
need to submit a Final Report within 3 months of the end of your
grant in addition to submitting Researchfish data.
For further information about Annual and Final Reports, see
We will perform an annual analysis of the outputs from all our
awards collected in Researchfish. This will inform internal
discussions around our research funding. We will also publish the
results of this analysis on our website. We will not draw
comparisons between the outputs of individual researchers. We may
share results from analyses carried out on the data collected in
Researchfish at the level of grant scheme, strategic initiative, or
field of research with other funding agencies or research
organisations, as part of joint evaluation studies.
The BHF complies with the requirements of the Data Protection
Act 1998 with regard to the
collection, storage, processing and disclosure of personal
information and is committed to upholding the Act’s core data
Further updates will follow as needed
on this website.
Check our list of frequently
asked questions to see if your query can be resolved there.
For technical queries please contact the
team. For any other queries, please email email@example.com.