40 charitable funders entered details on 5287 awards into researchfish®. The principal investigator for each award was asked to complete a core set of questions and submit this data to funders. As the questions are identical between PI submissions, this allows for easy analysis of data between awards and across different charities and funding streams. Submissions are usually annual and in dedicated submission periods specified by the individual funders.
The report contains the analysis of all outcome data submitted to funders over the entire period they have been using researchfish®. Where possible we have tried to ensure all the awards have been through at least one submission period.
Awards were coded with the Health Research Classification System into health categories and research activities. Where possible, awards were also categorised by grant types. If coding was not already submitted on researchfish® by the funder, AMRC uploaded the categorisations from various sources (see Notes) to researchfish®. Appendix 3 shows a breakdown of these categories.
The award data and associated outputs were extracted from researchfish® in May 2016. The data was cleaned by removing duplicates (where appropriate) and removing any obvious extreme outliers. See Notes for more detail on this.
The types of outcomes for which information is gathered in the main question set are broken down into 14 main areas. Questions are not mandatory as not all outcome types will be relevant to all awards. In this report we have grouped these outcomes into 5 themes to highlight the main areas of impact. These can be broken down as follows:
Figure A2.1 Breakdown of the award outputs into outcome categories.
|Outcome category||Outcome type|
|Generating new knowledge||Publications|
|Research tools and methods|
|Research databases and models|
|Translating research ideas into new products and services||Intellectual property and licensing|
|Spin out companies|
|Medical products, interventions and clinical trials|
|Software and technical products|
|Influencing policy and other stakeholders||Influence on policy, practice, patients and the public|
|Stimulating new research via new funding or partnerships||Further funding|
|Collaborations and partnerships|
|Developing the human capacity to do research||Next destination|
|Awards and recognitions|
|Use of facilities and resources|
Executive Summary Chapter One
Introduction and Context Chapter Two
Generating New Knowledge Chapter Three
Translating Research Ideas Into Products and Services Chapter Four
Creating Evidence That Will Influence Policy or Other Stakeholders Chapter Five
Stimulating Further Research via New Funding or Partnerships Chapter Six
Developing the Human Capacity to Do Research Chapter Seven
Analysis by Research Activity, Type of Award and Time Taken Chapter Eight
Discussion Chapter Nine
Case Studies Chapter Ten
Appendix 1 Appendices
Appendix 2 Appendices
Appendix 3 Appendices