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, as well they will be appearing at a QRCA event.

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.

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
– Sustainability
– 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.

Key Deadlines

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.

Fieldwork Sponsors

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:

Register for our live webinar on Friday, May 05, at 1 pm ET, to learn more about participating in RGT. Meet the winners from our past two Canadian competitions. If you can’t attend this information session, a playback recording will be made available to all webinar registrants.

About CRIC

The Canadian Research Insights Council (CRIC) is Canada’s voice of the research, analytics, and insights profession both domestically and globally. CRIC represents the highest standards, ethics and best practices; provides effective promotion and advocacy of the industry; serves as a source of information and thought leadership; and is a forum for collective industry action. For more information, visit or contact John Tabone at [email protected]

About CAIP Canada

The Certified Analytics and Insights Professionals of Canada is the professional body for Canada’s Certified Analytics and Insights Professionals (CAIPs). Its mission is to power the success of businesses and organizations by ensuring that CAIPs have the competencies needed to unlock the power of data while maintaining the highest ethical standards that protect the public trust. CAIP Canada is supported and endorsed by the Canadian Research Insights Council and the CAIP is globally endorsed by ESOMAR. For more information, visit or contact Grace Woo at [email protected] .

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