Marie Curie research highlighted in new impact report, using data captured in Researchfish

January 5, 2016

Marie Curie, the biggest charitable funder of palliative and end of life care research in the UK, has launched its firstResearch Impact Report to highlight the outputs and impact of the research it funds through its centres, research projects and hospices. The report includes the outputs generated in 2014/15 from funding allocated over the last five years, from data captured in its annual reports and in Researchfish, the world’s leading platform for the reporting of outcomes and impacts of research.


Marie Curie’s research activities support the charity’s vision of a better life for people living with a terminal illness and their families.  As an underfunded and under researched area, demonstrating the tangible benefits and outcomes of research in this way is increasingly important.


Dr Sanjay Thakrar, Research Manager at Marie Curie said:

“We have used Researchfish and our annual reports to capture a wide range of research outputs submitted by our researchers. One of the main benefits of the system is that we can continue to collect output information from individual awards beyond our final reports; this is advantageous as many outputs, such as publications, can occur after grant closure.”


There were many key findings from these data including the reporting of 70 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, 78 instances of informing policy, 37 global locations where its researchers are collaborating and an additional £1.2m of additional funding from external sources reported in Marie Curie’s annual reports and Researchfish.


“We have been able to collate a wide variety of research outputs and have used this information to demonstrate how effective our funding has been to our stakeholders. We even learnt about an artistic and creative product from our research funding, which would not have been so clear without the Researchfish system.” Dr Sanjay Thakrar


To enable accountability, many funders are adopting Researchfish, a service which connects the research community and provides a structured, consistent and accurate platform to report research outcomes to enable better research impact assessment. 


“We are delighted with the findings of this report, and it emphasises how valuable the Researchfish service is.  We believe in changing the way that research impact is assessed and Researchfish enables funders to not only capture the outputs, but to also produce reports to evidence accountability”, comments Mark Connelly, Managing Director of Researchfish.




Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

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Researchfish, the national standard in the UK, currently has over 63,000 researchers reporting from around 145 countries and have reported over 1 million outputs to date.  Researchfish tracks over £40 billion of research funding across over 90,000 awards, and has members internationally including Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation, Department for International Development and Novo Nordisk Foundation. 


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