Gateway to Research – new enhancements!

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The latest updates made to Gateway to Research, including improved search functionality and API improvements, are as follows:


  • When searching by Grant Reference only (using Advanced Search), the search term is no longer case sensitive. Searching for AH/L006022/1 or ah/L006022/1 amount to the same search. The results will contain any exact or similar Grant References, with exact matches at the top.
    Should you wish to search for exact matches only, contain the Grant Reference within double quotes like this “AH/L006022/1
  • On the Publications Tab (in the Search Results), the following new facets have been added allowing you to refine your search further e.g. if you only want to see publications of a particular type, for a particular year or from a particular funder.
    • Type
    • Year
    • Funder

These facets are visible on the right hand of the page,

  • On the Organisations Tab (in the Search Results), a new facet has been added allowing you to refine your search further by Region.

This facet is visible on the right hand of the page.


  • GTR1 API has new optional element ‘gtr:typeInd’ in the ‘gtr:leadResearchOrganisation’ structure that can be set to ‘P’ or ‘RO’.
  • GTR1 API has new Organisation Role names of LEAD_PARTICIPANT and PARTICIPANT.
  • GTR2 API has new Link Relation of ‘PARTICIPANT_ORG’

Note: API Users may want to download the new XMLSchema, which applies only to GTR1 API.


When you are viewing Technology Strategy Board data you will see the following changes:

  • On the Project page TSB Projects have title ‘Lead Participant’ (previously ‘Lead Research Organisation’)
  • On the Organisation Tab you will now see Participant Organisations indicated by the word ‘Participant’.

Events – The word is spreading…

Gateway to Research has been raising awareness about the website at recent events.


  • Dr Steve Harris from BAE Systems speaking at the Inter-Company Academic Relations (ICARG) meeting
  • Promotion at UKRO’s 30 year anniversary event in Brussels


More dates for your diary – look out for Gateway to Research at other events to be announced shortly.

100 years of Indian Cinema – an opportunity for international collaboration

By Dr Helen Bailey, Deputy Director RCUK India

One of the great aspects of our role here in India, is the huge diversity of the research and people we engage with.  India has a wealth of expertise in so many areas of research, representing a great range of opportunities for UK collaboration.  At Research Councils UK India we are very keen to enable a broad range of research across the disciplines, and that has recently led us to work with the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to sponsor the attendance of UK researchers and practioners at a conference organised by Sarai at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), in Delhi.

confposter‘The Many Lives of Indian Cinema: 1913-2013 and beyond’ was a unique conference bringing together researchers from the UK, US, Germany and Canada with colleagues from across India and South Asia.  The conference explored and celebrated the history, influences and impacts of Indian cinema.

The conference was inaugurated by Girish Karnad, a contemporary writer, playwright, screenwriter, actor and movie director.  His speech shared a wonderful insight into the inner workings of the Indian film industry. He spoke of the egos, insecurities and arrogance of all of those involved and the problems that this created, including scheduling arguments, script changes, character modifications and that it meant that an actor was never given the whole script at the start of a project!  His motto of working in the industry is ‘you can never trust anyone’.

GirishEven with these rather unusual opening comments, Girish Karnad  is clearly proud of the progress and achievements of Indian cinema since Raja Harishchandra was released in 1913, and was proud to have played a role in this exciting industry.  This introduction was a great start to the conference, and prompted the audience to consider not just the final products of the industry, but the personalities and individuals involved.

Other highlights included:

  •  Nitin Govil from the University of California, LA who spoke about the long, and sometimes turbulent history between Hollywood and India, including the periods of institutionalised racism, the importance of the Indian workforce and Julia Robert’s conversion to Hinduism.
  • Lotte Hoek from the University of Edinburgh spoke of her detective work to find out more about ‘Son of Pakistan’, a movie made in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).  This movie has been lost in history, and there is even confusion over what language it was made in – Urdu, Bengali or English?  This uncertainty reflects the changing political landscape in the region over time.
A scene from Raja Harishchandra, a 1913 silent film, widely acknowledged to be the first Indian feature length movie.

A scene from Raja Harishchandra, a 1913 silent film, widely acknowledged to be the first Indian feature length movie.

This conference was a unique opportunity to bring together international researchers to enable in-depth discussions and explore future collaborations.  We hope this will enable the UK research community to play a key role in this fascinating and variable research field.

Thank you and well done to all the colleagues at Sarai for organising such a high quality and well organised conference.

Latest changes and improvements to enhance the Gateway to Research

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Following the highly successful official launch of Gateway to Research (GtR) at the House of Commons on December 4th 2013 we are pleased to announce the latest changes and improvements to enhance the Gateway to Research web-site.

Gateway to Research Release Update – Data and Technical Improvements

A number of key changes have been made to improve the data and usability of Gateway to Research.  Latest developments to look out for are:


  • Case Studies which show the value that business, research professionals and intermediaries are already getting by using the Gateway for Research.
  • New Function –   CSV export allows the data from your search to be translated into an Excel Spreadsheet, allowing you to analyse and manipulate the data about Projects, Publications and Organisations yourself. See this document for more information on the export function.
  • A Related Projects’ tab has been introduced within Projects to show Transfer Grants. This tab will be developed further in the future to show other types of project relationships e.g. Training Grants and Studentships.


  • RCUK data cleaned and updated up to January 13 2014.
  • Training Grants are now shown for all seven Research Councils.
  • Key Findings available for BBSRC.
  • Additional roles have been added to the ‘People’ tab within a Project. It is now possible to also see Researcher, Researcher Co-Investigator and Training Grant Holder where appropriate.
  • Improvements to Abstract information for Training Grants related to specific training schemes.


  • The CERIF API has NOT been updated to reflect the above changes but this will follow and be communicated shortly.
  • There have been no changes to the structure of the GtR and GtR-2 APIs in this release.

Future Developments

The next data update will be based on information from source systems (e.g. the outcome collection systems) as of March 7 2014. This is the cut-off date for information to be entered onto the source systems in order for it to be shown in the next GtR release due in April 2014.
Look out for Studentships information

In our efforts to provide a high-quality service we will continue to improve the quality of data and usability of the Gateway for Research website/portal.  This is based on continuous dialogue and feedback from you, our users and key stakeholders.