Research Got Talent has been a highlight of my career in market research – reinforcing that this is my industry, and these are my people. It was a privilege to work with spur:org and participants from across Australia to bring important issues into focus. I have continued being involved with the competition as a committee member, judge and speaker in 2021 – and plan to do this again in 2022. RGT has also opened up a number of opportunities for me to be more involved and networked within the industry broadly – something that has been invaluable in my career so far.”

Steph Perry, Research Manager | IPSOS
Inaugural Winner, Australian Research Got Talent competition 2020 | ADIA

Now in its fourth year, the Research Got Talent competition is a joint initiative of the Australian Data and Insights Association (ADIA) and the global ESOMAR Foundation and encourages young professionals to use market research and insights to support local charities and NGOs overcome pressing social issues. The research aims to assist change in a range of areas including gender inequality, access to justice and education, integration and diversity, environmental issues, and climate change.


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.

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.  Areas your project can address include:
  • Gender equality
  • Access to Justice
  • Access to Education
  • Impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities
  • Improving the lives of persons with disabilities
  • Improving the lives of children
  • Environmental and Climate change
  • Integration and Diversity
  • Sustainability
  • Other (with explanation)

Competition details

  • The competition runs from Wednesday, 5 April and closes at 5 pm on Wednesday, 24 May 2023.
  • First round of judging will be held w/c 29 May 2023.
  • There will be two entrant briefings:
  • 1. Zoom briefing 12-12:30 pm Wednesday 19th April – register here.
  • 2. Register here for an in-person briefing at Luma Research, Melbourne, on Monday, 1st May, from 3:30 to 4:00 pm.
  • The address is: Luma Research, 10-20 Gwynn Street, South Yarra
  • Shortlisted entrants present via video conference to the judging panel in June.
  • Australian winner announced Thursday 15 June 2023.
  • Australian winning entry in field from June to September 2023.
  • The winner/s will have the opportunity to undertake their research project and enter ESOMAR’s Global Research Got Talent Competition. Global submissions due to ESOMAR by 23 September 2023.
  • For more information on the ESOMAR Global Competition, see here.

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.
  • Two entrant briefing sessions are held to answer any questions.
    • The online session is scheduled for 1pm on Wednesday 19 April 2023
    • An in-person session (in Melbourne) is scheduled for Monday 1 May 2023 (Time TBC).

What do you win?

The winning entry will receive:

  • A complimentary one-day pass to the ADIA Leaders Forum (Tomorrow’s Leaders program) in 2024.
  • Economy-class return airfare (departing from an Australian capital city) to the ESOMAR Congress in Amsterdam. To the value of AUD$4,000 (total prizemoney for winning entry).
  • A free entry pass to ESOMAR Congress held in Amsterdam on 10-13 September 2023.
  • Eligible to enter the ESOMAR Global RGT competition (either in-person or via a virtual platform – subject to your choice).

Who can enter?

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

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