Over the last three months, four Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC and ESRC) have been working to collect research outcomes through the Research Outcomes System (ROS). This system replaces the ESRC’s data collection system, “manage my grant”. NERC are continuing with their own system for this year’s data collection but will move over to ROS for 2013. The aim of this system is to collect outputs from projects as they go along, and provide a central repository for information on the impact and importance of research.
ROS is available all year round for submitting research outcomes, but every January to March RCUK will be conducting an annual exercise to encourage submissions. For this first collection period (Jan – Mar 2012) outcomes should be submitted for grants that are currently in ROS by Monday 30th April and:
- started more than 12 months ago, or
- have ended, but a final report has not been submitted, or
- a final report has been submitted and relevant information has been transferred to ROS by a Research Council on your behalf.
The Research Councils are working to transfer all relevant final report information into ROS. If you have already completed a final report, please wait until that information is in ROS before adding any new or additional outcomes. Individual Research Councils will contact you when this information is ready to review in ROS.
ROS is available at www.rcuk.ac.uk/researchoutcomes and you can log-in using your standard Je-S account details.
A set of frequently asked questions and a number of video tutorials about ROS and how to use it are available on the website here. If you would like any further information or have any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org