Young Researchers – Showcase Your Talent While Helping a Canadian Charity
The Canadian Research Insights Council (CRIC) is working closely with ESOMAR and the Certified Analytics and Insights Professionals of Canada (CAIP Canada) to bring the 2023 Research Got Talent competition back to Canada! This competition rewards and recognizes innovative submissions from young professionals across the country looking to make a difference with their research for a charity. All CRIC member companies and CAIPs are encouraged to share this opportunity with young researchers to support their journey to find success in their own or their younger colleague’s burgeoning careers in the insights industry.
RGT Winners Receive Local and Global Recognition
The competition offers young researchers an opportunity to showcase their work on both the local and global stages while making a meaningful difference to their chosen charity or NGO. Last year’s Canadian winners have been featured in local media outlets such as on CBC and Global News, internationally on Research World and QRCA.
The Canadian winner (or winning team) will be invited to the ESOMAR Congress 2023 (or 2024) with a flat fee entrance, receive an ESOMAR YES Membership and possibly be featured in Research World. They will also represent Canada in the global competition.
The Global winner of the 2023 RGT competition will receive free entry to the 2024 ESOMAR Global Congress and will gain exposure to leading global brands and organizations.
What is Research Got Talent (RGT)?
Research Got Talent (RGT) is a global competition hosted by ESOMAR that offers young researchers an opportunity to demonstrate how research can make a difference for a charity or NGO. This competition has had eight years of global success showcasing the positive impact of the insights sector and helping give charities across the planet valuable research for their organizations. CRIC runs the RGT competition in Canada to select our national winner. Each country puts forward their respective winners for the global competition. This will be Canada’s fourth year participating.
Other countries participating in Research Got Talent include:
- In accordance with ESOMAR international contest rules for RGT, all written submissions must be in English.
- The winner from each country will make, to include with their submission, an in house (i.e., with no professional assistance) 10 minute video. This video can be in English or French, but if in French, English subtitles must be included.
- All submissions must be marketing research and not marketing.
Who can Participate?
This award competition, led by CRIC, CAIP Canada, and ESOMAR, encourages young researchers (aged 18-35 years) to support charities / non-profit organizations by solving critical social issues with innovative research. Young researchers can participate individually or in a team of two.
How to Participate?
To participate, researchers must first select a Canadian charity or NGO and then design a research proposal that will help make a difference to that charity or NGO. The researcher volunteers their services for the competition and there is no fee for either the researcher or the charity to participate. Social issues to be addressed by the research done by contest participants needs to fall into one or more of the following categories:
– Gender equality
– Impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities
– Access to justice
– Access to education
– Improving the lives of persons with disabilities
– Improving the lives of children
– Environmental & Climate change
– Integration and diversity
To enter your research proposal submission, please complete the Research Got Talent 2023 – Entry Form and submit to [email protected] by end of day on June 9, 2023.
Research proposals are due on June 9, 2023 and the winner will be announced on June 16, 2023. Canada’s winners will have about 13 weeks to execute their proposed research to be completed for submission by early September 2023. The completed project, along with a 10 minute video created by the entrants on their research, will be entered by CRIC into ESOMAR’s global competition by September 23rd, 2023.
Canada’s winning entry will once again be supported by The Logit Group and Maru, who will be generously donating fieldwork support (hosting/programming/sample) to the winning team who will then be judged at the global level.
Get Inspired by Past Winners
Watch this ESOMAR Nominations event video to get inspired and make your submission. The video includes 2021’s Canada winners Vinca Merriman, currently a program evaluation and performance measurement specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and Swati Garg, a Senior UX Researcher at Scotiabank Digital. Canada’s winning team conducted research on behalf of The Citizens’ Foundation Canada (TCF Canada), a Canadian charity that provides educational opportunities for underprivileged children in Pakistan. The winners for 2022 RGT are Stella Igweamaka, CAIP and Nana Appah, who completed “The Adultification of Black Girls and its implications for a Multicultural Community” in partnership with the Edmonton-based Black Canadian Women in Action (BCWA), who are the young researchers referenced earlier featured on CBC, Global News and other media outlets.
Watch more presentation and video entries of winners from past years: https://esomar.org/initiatives/research-got-talent.
Have Questions? Attend the Information Session
Register below to view the RGT2023 online information session recorded live on Friday, May 5, at 1 pm Eastern Time. We were fortunate to have the previous winners of RGT 2021 and 2022 share their experience including tips on their winning entries and how they chose their charities.
Still have questions? Need help connecting a charity? Contact us at [email protected].
Have Questions? View a Recording of the Information Session
Learn more about participating in RGT through this recording of our live webinar that took place on Friday, May 05, 2023. In the session, you will meet the winners from our past two Canadian competitions who candidly share both their practical experiences, such as how to find a suitable charity with whom to work, and how winning RGT has enriched their lives.