Our next Researchfish® submission period will run from 1 February until 11 March.

If you are unclear whether you should be reporting this year, or think you will not be able to submit on time, please email research@alzheimersresearchuk.org.

Why do you need to record my progress before I finish my grant?

We regularly give updates to donors about the science that we are funding to let them know the positive impact they are having. By providing information throughout your grant you are helping us to maintain those relationships and secure future funding so we can support even more groundbreaking research.

What do you do with the information provided?

Our Science Communications team uses your report to write a summary for donors who are supporting your research. The summaries are written in lay language but are often quite detailed. This means the more detail you can provide the better.

When can I update my portfolio?

You can, enter, amend and update information in your portfolio at any time throughout the year.

For example, if you have recently published a paper or given a talk at a conference, you can log on to Researchfish® and upload any information relating to these outputs. We recommend making regular updates to save time during the submission period.

I have only recently been awarded a grant, do I need to submit a report?

We ask that all Lead Applicants on our active grants report annually, with the first submission a minimum of six months after their award start date.

What is special about the submission period?

Although you can enter outputs at any time, we only receive information that is submitted during this time.

The submission period is a five-week window where we expect you to complete a full record of your outputs from the previous year, which you can then submit to us using the red “Submit” button.

Only after you have submitted your award details will we have permission to share the information with our supporters and Research team.

How will I know if have to submit a report?

If your grant is included in a submission period, you will receive a series of reminder emails from the Research team at Alzheimer’s Research UK, starting a month before the submission period.

My grant has ended, why have I been asked to submit a report?

As many of the outcomes of a grant can occur after the award has ended, our researchers should continue to report after the completion of their funding.

The number of annual submissions we request after the award end date depends on the grant type:

Grant Type Years after award has ended
Equipment Grant 1 year

Network Cooperation Grant

Pilot project

Target Validation Pathfinder Grant

3 years
PhD Scholarship 3 years


Interdisciplinary Research Grant

Major project

Network Resource Grant

5 years
Who is responsible for reporting?

The Lead Applicant is ultimately responsible for annual progress reporting, as defined in our grant Terms and Conditions. We prefer that the Lead Applicant personally enters all outputs associated with their Alzheimer’s Research UK grants.

Regardless of who records the outputs, it is the Lead Applicant’s responsibility to check the outputs and confirm the final submission during the submission period.

The Lead Applicant can nominate a trusted team member or delegate to record outputs on their behalf. This should normally be someone who works directly on the grant, for example a senior post-doc, but lab managers or personal assistants may also be nominated.

Please contact research@alzheimersresearchuk.org for further instructions on how to do this.

For our funded PhD Scholarships, the Supervisor must nominate the student as a team member to record the outputs.

Holders of Scientific Conference Grants, Network Centre Grants and most Strategic Projects are not currently required to report through Researchfish®. We operate alternative reporting protocols for these awards and holders are welcome to email us with outputs at any time at: research@alzheimersresearchuk.org

How do I submit my report?

Existing users will be able to log on to Researchfish® and view their relevant awards.

New users will receive instructions on how to register and an invitation email from admin@researchfish.com. This email should contain a unique link, which will direct you to register for an account, or log in if you already have one.

If you already have a Researchfish® account, you will still need to follow the link in order for new Alzheimer’s Research UK grants to appear in your Researchfish® portfolio.

What is an output?

We require grant holders to record ‘outputs’ that directly arise from your funded grant(s) within distinct sections in Researchfish®. This includes information on:

  • Publications
  • Collaboration & Partnerships
  • Further Funding
  • Next Destination
  • Engagement Activities
  • Influence on Policy, Practice, Patients & the Public
  • Research Tools & Methods
  • Research Databases & Models
  • Intellectual Property and Licensing
  • Medical Products, Interventions & Clinical Trials
  • Artistic & Creative Products
  • Software & Technical Products
  • Spin-outs
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Other Outputs & Knowledge/Future Steps
  • Use of Facilities & Resources

We are very keen to hear about all outputs associated with your research – both weird and wonderful! If you’re ever unsure about whether a specific output should be attributed to your award, feel free to contact the Research team at: research@alzheimersresearchuk.org

What is the additional question set?

In addition to the standard questions we have tailored questions that Alzheimer’s Research UK requires applicants to answer.

Please complete the additional question set with as much information as possible. The questions should be answered in prose and unless stated otherwise, can be written for a scientific audience.

When writing up a report for donors we usually try to provide a page of information about how the project is going. We include background information about the research area as well as details of the outputs you report during the submission period. The more information you can provide the better. We would like you to include process information as well as outputs. For example, if your methods have changed because of an experiment that did not go as planned, this is still useful information for us to write about and shows that the research being done is moving closer towards its goal.

Technical support

Any technical queries not addressed by the Researchfish® FAQ can be directed to the Researchfish® Support team at support@researchfish.com. Researchfish® have prepared a number of help videos to guide you through the reporting process. These can be found on the Researchfish® website.

We are able to offer short extensions if your submission is delayed due to technical issues, please contact research@alzheimersresearchuk.org to discuss these matters further.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.