Monitoring Impact

Research Council Awards: Post Project Monitoring of Impact

Research Councils (RCs) recognise that impact frequently takes place, and outputs are published, conferences attended etc., well after a project has ended and a final report submitted.

As a result, all the RCs are collecting information on the outcomes of projects for up to five years after funding has ended.

They hope this will provide better evidence for the benefits research brings to the economy and society, and through this evidence will be able to put forward stronger cases for funding to the Government.

Current Processes

All RCs have slimmed down the end of award report and replaced this with post project monitoring. The different councils use different systems, although all capture similar data.

RCs will often contact you to remind you about their system for post project monitoring of impact, but here's some information about each RC:


Four RCs– AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC and EPSRC- use an online system called ROS (Research Outcomes System) to capture information on all the outputs, impact, events etc. arising from current and completed projects which started from 2006 onwards.

“The information gathered by the ROS is key to the Research Councils strengthening their evidence base for strategy development, and crucial in demonstrating the benefits of Research Council funded research to society and the economy.” RCUK website.

 PIs are asked by ROS to submit data on all project outcomes annually between January and March, but are able to enter data as and when they arise. PIs must still submit a final report form, but are not required to include information about outcomes as this will be taken from ROS.

For help using ROS please have a look at the RCUK FAQs (PDF)


NERC currently uses ROD (Research Outputs Database), but will be adopting ROS from 2013 onwards.


MRC uses a system called Researchfish (previously e-Val). Data can be entered giving details of the publications, inventions, changes in clinical practise etc. arising from MRC awards during the grant and for five years after the award has finished. Details are submitted annually by PIs during October/November with a deadline at the beginning of December.

ResearchFish is also being used by several of the major biomedical charities including: AMRC, British Heart Foundation, Arthritis Research UK and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.


STFC uses a system called e-Val which captures details of the publications, inventions, conferences, licence etc. arising from STFC awards during the grant and for five years after the award has finished. The e-Val system is open for updates eight weeks each year, and is read-only access to the PI for the rest of the time.

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