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Research Information Systems


Researchfish is an online submission system, which many funders (including the UK Research Councils, Arthritis Research UK, Cancer Research UK, and NIHR) use to collect and evaluate the outputs and outcomes of your research projects.

PIs on active Research Council grants and Research Council Funded students are required to report to Researchfish annually. You can log into the Researchfish submission system and record outcomes at any time throughout the year, but can only ‘submit’ your return during the submission period. You can find details of the next submission window on the UKRI Research Outcomes page.

Click here to find out how Pure can help you to complete your Researchfish submission


Power BI Research Reporting

Power BI Will replace Discoverer as the University's reporting and analytics tool. Research applications and awards data from the data warehouse is now available in Power BI and standard reports have been shared with users who previously had access to RESEARCH_REPORTING reports in Discoverer. You can apply for access to these reports via the IT Support Portal.

The log in URL for Power BI is

A short training course on how to navigate the research reports within Power BI can be accessed here.

A number of training courses to introduce users to Power BI are being held in December and January. To book on a session on the Main Campus click here. To book on a session on North Campus click here.


Pure is the University Research Information System.

Pure -

New users can request access by logging a ticket with IT Services.

Guidance is available on the Pure Support Pages
Queries can be email to

If you require training on Pure please contact the Pure Support Team at


The costing tool is supported by the Directorate of Finance. Help and guidance can be found on their website -

Electronic Submission Systems

Major UK Funder Submission Portals

Royal Society
Wellcome Trust
Leverhulme Trust
Cancer Research UK

Major International Funder Submission Portals

eRA Commons (NIH)
Fastlane Research Administration (NSF)
Proposal Central

If you need to register with another funder’s electronic submission system, and you are unsure if the University is registered with them, or you need any help and assistance, please email the Research Operations Team at


Research Services Conference 2022

Research Services Conference 2022

The University of Manchester's 12th Research Services Conference took place on Wednesday 7th September 2022 in Roscoe Building. The event followed on from previous conferences where Research Services, Business Engagement and Research Finance colleagues came together to participate in a mixed day of presentations and workshops covering all aspects of research support.

The slides from each session can be found here:

Welcome and Introduction

To infinity and beyond! A recap of recent Pure developments and future roadmap

New Timesheet Tool

Horizon Europe and UK Participation

Trusted Research

BlackDackel and Research Costing - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - A journey of how we got here and what the future brings

Fraud and fraud prevention

Research Services Training and Development


The recordings of each session can be found here.


Information for New Starters

Information for New Starters

Please complete this form in collaboration with your line manager and return to This form is for an RSO, RSM, RFO or SRFO to request access to Research Services systems and email alerts. You can also complete this form online by logging into the IT Support Portal and searching Research Services Systems Access and Email Alerts in the service catalogue.