Research Challenge


CFA Institute Research Challenge

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that connects university students with investment professionals from within the CFA Society® network. The competition provides students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis and ethics and tests participants' analytical, valuation, reporting writing, and presentation skills.

Members of our society, along with a faculty advisor and an industry mentor, work with teams of students to value a stock, write a research report, and present their recommendations. Teams then compete with peers from other schools at local-level competitions organized and judged by CFA Society members and volunteers. The winning university team(s) from each local competition then advances to see who will become the sub-regional, regional, and global champions. 

Learn more and read FAQs See the schedule and get involved

CFA Society Ireland local competition

CFA Society Ireland hosts a local competition to select the team that will represent Ireland in the sub-regional finals.

The Research Challenge provides all participants - both individuals and organisations - with great opportunities to get involved.

Students - Find out if your university participates by asking your faculty advisor, our Society, or checking the list of participating universities.

Universities - Form your team and give students the opportunity to compete against their peers and gain real-world experience.

Employers - Become a judge, grader, team mentor, or corporate sponsor.

View the official rules

Participating Universities

Dublin City University

Queen's University Belfast

Trinity College Dublin

TU Dublin

University College Cork

University College Dublin - Smurfit Graduate Business School

University of Galway

Research Challenge, Irish Winners 2023, University College Dublin, Smurfit Graduate Business School

Team from University College Dublin pictured with CFA Society Ireland President, Niall McDonnell CFA