Why Research Matters Competition 2023

Posted: 27 October, 2023

The Union of Students in Ireland is delighted to run the Why Research Matters  competition 2023 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 tell us about their research, and why it matters.

Submissions are open from October 23rd – November 17th 2023 with winners to be announced by December 10th. Submissions can be in the form of videos or posters showcasing your research. The submitted videos and posters will be assessed and shortlisted by the IRC and USI, with the winner being chosen from the shortlist by an external judging panel.


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 have two different categories,

  • Poster Category
  • Video Category

You need to tell us about the research that you are doing, discussing

  • Why you are doing this research?
  • What you have learned or hope to learn?
  • Why you think this research matters?


Upon the Completion of Poster upload the file via the form here

Upon completion of your video, upload it to your preferred hosting service (e.g., YouTube) and then fill out the form at https://www.researchmatters.usi.ie/enter-the-video-competition/. Do not forget to include the link to your video in the appropriate section.

Upon completion of video, upload and fill in this form

Note: You can apply for both categories

Poster Should be standard A0 format.

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.

ActionKey Dates
Call Open23rd October 2023
Call Closed 17th November 2023
Winners announcedDecember 10th 2023

To find out more information on the competition please visit the website.

Why Research Matters - website

Further Information

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

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