Thursday, 13 October 2011

RCUK Research Outcomes Project Goes Live

RCUK has been developing a system to collect data on outcomes from all their funded research. I highlighted it in January last year, and it's development has not been without controversy. In June last year Research Fortnight reported on disquiet within universities about the additional work that would arise from inputting data on to the system. There was also some concern about how it would fit in with or replace the MRC's existing e-Val system, which had only recently replaced the Output Data Gathering Tool (ODGT).

Anyway, it all seems to have been settled now, and we've just had word through that it is finally going to go live. Details are available here, with some FAQs here (pdf). It will be released to research offices in the week commencing 24 October 2011, to give us time to become familiar with the system, and feedback any queries or concerns to RCUK.

It will then be released to all Research Council grant holders in the week commencing 14 November 2011. The system will collect details of the following:
  • Publications
  • Other Research Outputs
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Exploitation
  • Recognition
  • Staff Development
  • Further Funding
  • Impact
If you have any questions about this, do get in touch with me.


  1. Hi Phil,

    I'm not sure we are confident 'it all seems to have been settled now'. Current status is a group of HEI's are testing the system. I still have significant concerns which we are trying to work through with RCUK.

  2. I've just posted my comments from testing the system at

    Happy to discuss with anyone.

    Valerie McCutcheon