About the competition

We are proud to present to you the inaugural ‘TASMAN SharkTank competition’ – a research proposal competition with the goals of generating new collaborative project ideas for future ‘homegrown’ projects. 

Teams of 3-4 medical students at any level of training across Australia and New Zealand are invited to participate in the competition set to take place Monday 2nd of September via Zoom. 

Teams can pre-register for the event from Monday 31st of May, where they will be able to keep up-to-date with a variety of workshops and deadlines. In order to enter the competition, one student from each team fills out a project proposal form. The top five teams will be selected to pitch their research project to a friendly panel of expert researchers from both Australia and New Zealand. 

Keep an eye out for helpful workshops run by experts throughout the competition! 

SharkTank is a friendly competition with lots of opportunities to learn and grow in the field of research! So get amongst it!

Eligibility criteria 

TASMAN SharkTank is open to all students enrolled in any medical school across Australia and New Zealand, including honours (BMedSci Hons) students.

Team Participation

SharkTank competition is run in pre-formed teams of 3-4 students. A team may be formed by students across both AUS and NZ or different universities. Once formed, one member of the team must register for the event. 

Please note that participants cannot be on more than one team. 

Registrations will open 31/05/2021. 

Entry submission

Only ONE (1) project proposal submission per team is required and is accepted. 

Abstract submission will close 28/06/2021 at 11:59 PM AEST.  You are able to edit your submission before the submission deadline. The SharkTank team will not review any submission nor edits made past this deadline.

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the competition, please do not hesitate to contact us. We also welcome feedback! 


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Key dates

Dates Item Description

09:00 AM AEST

SharkTank registrations and project proposal submissions open Applicants are able to register for their competition and stay up-to-date with events.

11:59 PM AEST

Entry submission deadline Registered teams to submit a project proposal. Submit to 
28/06/2021 – 10/07/2021 Screening for finalists TASMAN team will screen all team proposals. The top five (5) teams will be selected.

9:00 AM AEST

Finalist teams announced All teams will be notified of their outcome in SharkTank by email.

A research template will be sent out to frame your research proposals.


6:30 – 8:30 PM AEST

Finalist night All finalist teams will present their research proposal to a judge panel. Prizes to be awarded. 

Short presentations – 8min + 2min Q+A