Why Research Matters Video Competition

Posted: 22 August, 2022

The Union of Students in Ireland is delighted to run the Why Research Matters video competition 2022 in cooperation with the Irish Research Council. This competition aims to showcase the varied and high-quality work being undertaken by postgraduate researchers across the island. We ask the creative minds of the island’s postgraduate research community to produce a short video presentation about their research, and why it matters.

Submissions are open from August 20th – September 10th, with winners to be announced by September 30th. The submitted videos will be assessed and shortlisted by the IRC and USI, with the winner being chosen from the shortlist by an external judging panel.

The overall winner stands to gain our prize of €500. Our judging panel will also be selecting two runners-up for most creative video and most informative video, with the winners of each standing to win a prize of €250, respectively.


The call is open to all postgraduates registered to a higher education institution on the island of Ireland, regardless of funding or area of research.

How to Apply

To participate in the competition, we are asking you to create a video about the research that you are doing, discussing why you are doing this research, what you have learned or hope to learn, and why you think this research matters. Upon completion of your video, upload it to your preferred hosting service (e.g., YouTube) and then fill out this short application form to enter. Do not forget to include the link to your video in the appropriate section.

Link to Application Form

Videos should aim to be 3 minutes in length and no more than 5 minutes. The only requirements are that you state your name, institution, and funding source (if any) to video before you start your presentation and that you explain, by whatever means you chose, why your research matters.

You may be as creative as you wish, using slides, graphics, presentations, props, performance, or any other relevant means to convey your research and area of interest. The winners of the USI-IRC Why Research Matters 2022 and 2021 video competitions can be found here.

Call Open20 August 2022
Call Closes10 September 2022
Winner Announced30 September 2022

Further Information

If you do not find the answer to your query in the call documentation, please contact Postgrad@usi.ie and include the subject line USI/IRC Video Competition.

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