Now in its fifth 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.

Entrant briefing: via zoom 1-1:30 pm Tuesday 16th April – register here.


ESOMAR’s Research Got Talent Initiative started in HK and India and is now 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, 10 April and closes at 5 pm on Wednesday, 22 May 2024.
  • Entrant briefing: via zoom 1-1:30 pm Tuesday 16th April – register here.
  • First round of judging will be held w/c 27 May 2024.
  • Shortlisted entrants present via video conference to the judging panel w/c 10 June.
  • Australian winner announced Friday 14 June 2024.
  • Australian winning entry in field from June to September 2024.
  • 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 2024.
  • 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.
  • An entrant briefing session will be held to answer any questions on
    • The online session is scheduled for 1pm on Tuesday 16 April 2024

What do you win?

The winning entry will receive:

  • A complimentary one-day pass to the ADIA Leaders Forum (Tomorrow’s Leaders program) in 2025.
  • Economy-class return airfare (departing from an Australian capital city) to the ESOMAR Congress in Athens. To the value of AUD$4,000 (total prizemoney for winning entry).
  • A free entry pass to ESOMAR Congress held in Athens on 8-11 September 2024.
  • 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 18-29.
“As young researchers it’s not every day you get to oversee and execute on a project from start to finish: for the RGT competition we got to design the proposal, lead the stakeholder engagement, setup and run fieldwork, and were responsible for analysis, reporting and final presentation to the client.  We can’t emphasise how invaluable this was to our growth, learning, problem solving skills and confidence as we move forward in our careers. Additionally our client, Taronga Conservation Society, were incredibly grateful for the work we did for them that they otherwise would not have been able to do and are currently using our research as the foundation for their comms development in 2024.”

Jack Ryan Account Manager
Jack Ryan & Alice Harris, FiftyFive5. Winners 2023 for their project – Project Wild Futures with Taronga Conservation Society Australia.

Check out an excerpt of the 2023 Australian RGT winners (Jack Ryan and Alice Harris) presentation to the Global ESOMAR competition below.

Hear a general overview of Research Got Talent from ESOMAR TV at Congress 2022 featuring Australia’s own Steph Perry and May Chantra!

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 following years – and plan to do this again in 2024. 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, Principal Advisor, Customer Insights, Dept of Transport and Main Roads
Inaugural Winner, Australian Research Got Talent competition 2020

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