Are you a young researcher wanting to make a difference in the world?

Don’t miss your chance to enter the Research Got Talent Competition in Australia!

Research Got Talent ADIA ESOMAR


ESOMAR’s Research Got Talent Initiative started in HK and India and is now being implemented around the world.


ADIA is pleased to be part of this global initiative which provides the opportunity to recognise and celebrate young researchers.


The aim is to invite, welcome and include young researchers to highlight and showcase the positive impact of research.

Sally Joubert, AMSRO member and ESOMAR’s Australian representative said: “The Research Got Talent award competition aims to recognise young researchers, who want to make a difference. It provides a fantastic platform to enable young researchers to support a worthy cause of their choice, while simultaneously showcasing their professional talent. We are calling on all AMSRO and ESOMAR members to support this competition and young researchers. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate your employees and company on the global stage”.

The winner will win the opportunity to present their findings at the ESOMAR Congress 2021 – The Global Data & Insights Summit.

What is involved

  • You need to select a charity or NGO that you are passionate about and design a research project proposal that will help make a difference.
  • The overarching theme of the RGT initiative is The Role of Market Research and Insights in supporting Charities /Non-Profits in overcoming relevant and meaningful social issues. This is the theme against which all submitted research projects will be assessed.
  • Gender equality
  • Access to Justice
  • Access to Education
  • Improving the lives of persons with disabilities
  • Improving the lives of children
  • Environmental and Climate change
  • Integration

Competition details

  • The competition will run from February 1 to March 29, 2021, with the first round of judging in April 2021.
  • Shortlisted entrants will present via video conference to the judging panel on Tuesday 6 April.
  • The winner will have the opportunity to undertake their research project and enter ESOMAR’s Global Research Got Talent Competition.

What are the judges looking for

  • A relevant, innovative and impactful research project design that addresses the Charity/NGO’s specific issue.
  • Research project proposals may adopt traditional research methods, as well as new methods including data analytics and analysis.

What do you win?

The winning entry will receive:

  • a complimentary one-day pass to the AMSRO Leaders Forum (28 October 2021, Sydney)
  • economy-class return airfare (departing from an Australian capital city) to the location of ESOMAR Congress. (Date is subject to CV-19.) Valued at AUD$4000.
  • A free entry pass to ESOMAR Congress (Subject to CV-19.)
  • Eligible to enter the ESOMAR Global RGT competition and present to ESOMAR Congress 21-22 September 2021 (via a virtual platform).

Who can enter?

  • Open to all AMSRO member organisation employees and ESOMAR (Australian based) member employees aged 18-35.


Chris Farquhar, from Market Research Society of Hong Kong (MRSHK), is one of the original organisers of the Research Got Talent initiative and is very passionate about it. “The initial idea came from the MRSHK Committee when we were looking for a new initiative to get younger researchers more involved in MRSHK activities,” Chris explained. “We wanted to enable young researchers from a range of different companies to work together, encouraging a sense of professional solidarity. Helping a worthy charity – which is motivating for millennials – also helps generate a positive image for the market research profession.”

“Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me throughout my journey in this incredible competition. It has been a privilege to work with spur:org and participants from across Australia to bring this important issue into focus. The experience has been a highlight in my reasonably short career in market research and reinforces that this is my industry, and these are my people. I can’t wait to learn more, experience more and enjoy more in my career as a social and market researcher. This project has made me a more effective researcher and a more conscientious global citizen – ready for the next challenge.”
Steph Perry, Senior Research Executive | Ipsos
Inaugural Winner, Australian Research Got Talent competition | AMSRO
Competitor, Global Research Got Talent competition | ESOMAR

Working with Steph was incredible experience for both myself and the wider spur:org/ #OLDMATE team. Steph brought insightful, considered perspectives and an extremely admirable work ethic. The research and its insights have fundamentally changed the way we understand loneliness and what older Australians fundamentally need to stay mentally healthy and connected.
Lee Crockford, Director | spur:org

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