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The Singapore Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF) is a national competition organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Science Centre Singapore (SCS). The SSEF is affiliated to the prestigious International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which is regarded as the Olympics of science competitions.

This competition is an excellent platform for our budding scientists and engineers to showcase their passion in their respective fields through communicating their findings to industry experts. Winners will even get to represent Singapore and compete at the ISEF. SSEF award winners will also be eligible to move on to the A*STAR Talent Search (ATS) competition.

SSEF is open to all secondary and pre-university students between 15 and 20 years of age. Participants can submit research projects which are student-initiated or from programmes such as Youth Research Programme (YRP), Nanyang Research Programme (NRP), Science Mentorship Programme (SMP), Science Research Programme (SRP) and Young Defence Scientists Programme (YDSP) or projects done at A*STAR research institutes and schools. The project topics range across all areas of science and engineering.

SSEF 2021

In 2021, SSEF will take place virtually to keep everyone safe in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Final Judging will take place via an online web-conferencing platform and more details will be provided soon.

 

 

SSEF 2021 Activity Schedule

S/N

Process

Dates

1

Online registration of interest

1 Jan to 11 Jan

2

Teacher Coordinators’ Briefing

15 Jan

3

Submission of project documents for Preliminary Judging

22 Jan to 29 Jan

4

Preliminary Judging

Feb

5

Submission of JS videos

By 19 Feb

6

Public voting for JS Video Contest

8 Mar to 29 Mar

7

Release of Preliminary Judging outcomes

1 Mar

8

Student Finalists’ Briefing

5 Mar

9

Submission of presentation materials for Final Judging 

5 Mar to 24 Mar

10

Technical Run for Final Judging (Scheduled)

TBC

11

Final Judging and fringe activities 

31 Mar

12

Release of Final Judging results

Early Apr

13

ISEF 

Mid May


SSEF 2021 Activity Schedule

SSEF 2021 Briefing Documents

Teacher Coordinators who would like access to the briefing documents, please contact the SSEF organising committee.

 

  • Participation Rules

    Participation in the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair is contingent upon abiding by the rules stated below: 

    • SSEF is open to all (Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners) secondary and pre-university students studying in Singapore schools (not inclusive of International schools) and who are between the ages of 15 and 20 years as of 1 May 2021. Shortlisted applicants from the pre-judging round will participate in the SSEF final judging round.
    • Projects for SSEF can be submitted either as an individual or a team project. Each SSEF team must comprise not more than three members.
    • Only one project (individual or team) can be submitted per student. Students that submit more than one project may be disqualified from the competition.
    • Interested applicants must successfully complete the online registration by 11 Jan 2021 for their projects to be considered in the entry of the competition. Late online registrations will not be entertained. 
    • As SSEF is an Affiliated Fair of ISEF, it is necessary for SSEF participants to familiarise themselves with the ISEF International Rules and Guidelines as those rules are applicable to SSEF as well.
    • Top winners of SSEF who are chosen to represent Singapore in the ISEF must be Singaporeans or PRs.
    • For a research project to be eligible for SSEF, only research work conducted between 1 Jan 2020 and 21 Jan 2021 should be reported. The total duration of research done should not exceed 365 days. Refer to the table below for examples of eligible and ineligible research periods.
    Research Start DateResearch End DateEligible?
    1 Jan 202021 Jan 2021No
    1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020Yes
    21 Jan 202021 Jan 2021No
    22 Jan 202021 Jan 2021Yes

    Participation in A*STAR Talent Search (ATS) is contingent upon abiding by the rules stated below:

    • A*STAR Talent Search (ATS) is open to secondary school and pre-university students who are Singaporeans or PRs between the ages of 15 and 20 years as of 1 May 2021.
    • All participants will be judged as an individual and not as a team as there is no team award for ATS. For each winning team SSEF project, only one member can participate in ATS. Please refer to ATS website for more information.
  • Application Procedure (Main Category)

    The timeline for registration and submission of projects is provided below for reference:
     

    StepActivityDeadline
    1

    Registration of Interest

    Registration of interest will open on 1 Jan 2021.

    Each participant can only submit 1 project. For team project, only 1 form should be submitted by the team leader.

     

    NOTE: In line with the government’s Personal Data Protection Act, personal information will be collected through forms.gov.sg

    11 Jan 2021, 23:59
    (Open from 1 Jan 2021)
    2

    Submission of Project Documents

    Students of projects which have been registered successfully would need to submit the following project documents:

    • Abstract
    • Report
    • Research plan

    Instructions will be emailed to all registered participants.

     

    29 Jan 2021, 23:59 

    (Open from 22 Jan 2021)

    3

    Submission of Registration Forms

    Students of projects which have been registered successfully would need to submit their registration forms to their respective schools’ SSEF Coordinators. The forms include:

    • SSEF entry form
    • ISEF forms

     

    Schools’ SSEF Coordinators would need to collate and submit registration forms of projects from their schools. Details will be provided to SSEF Coordinators via email.

    1 Feb 2021, 5pm 

    (Open from 22 Jan 2021)

     

    Project entries without online registration will not be considered for the fair. Late entries will not be entertained.

  • SSEF Entry Form (All Categories)
    • All Main Category participants are required to complete the form here.
    • Students who are participating in the Junior Scientists Category are required to complete the form here.
    • Only one form is required per project for participation in both SSEF and ATS. No additional entry form is required for ATS.
    • Click here for our guide to completing the SSEF Registration forms. Do note that you will have to download the document to make full use of the navigation features.
  • ISEF Forms (Requried for all SSEF Projects)

    As SSEF is an Affiliated Fair of ISEF, all project entries must be accompanied by the relevant ISEF forms.

    • Please click here to access the ISEF Rules Wizard. This wizard will help you determine what forms and approvals are necessary before beginning your research project intended for competition at SSEF and ISEF. You must print out the results of the Rules Wizard and submit it with your SSEF entry form.
    • To download the ISEF forms, please click here.
    • All individual and team projects must submit the following forms:
      • ISEF Rules Wizard Confirmation Printout (see example here);
      • Form 1: Checklist for Adult Sponsor;
      • Form 1A: Student Checklist, with Research Plan / Post Project Summary attached;
      • Form 1B: Approval Form;
      • Form 1C: Regulated Research Institutional/Industrial Setting; required if the project is conducted outside the school. Please keep a copy of Form 1C which would be required in hardcopy for the judging at the Fair.
      • Form 3: Risk Assessment Form; required for all projects except those which are pure computational
    • Members of a team project should jointly submit Form 1, Form 1A and a Research Plan.
    • In addition, projects that involve human participants, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents and hazardous substances or devices will require review and approval by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) and/or Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to experimentation. These projects require other ISEF forms stated in the table below. Refer to the ISEF International Rules and Guidelines for more information about the forms required.

    FormDescription
    (1) Checklist for Adult SponsorRequired for all projects. 
    To be completed before experimentation.
    (1A) Student Checklist Form and Research PlanRequired for all projects.
    (1B) Approval FormRequired for all projects. 
    A completed form is required for each student, including all team members. To be completed before experimentation.
    (1C) Regulated Research Institutional/ Industrial Setting FormRequired for projects that are conducted in a regulated research institution (e.g. universities, medical centres, A*STAR research institutes, etc.), industrial setting or any work site other than home, school or field. To be completed and signed by a Designated Supervisor or Qualified Scientist after experimentation.
    (2) Qualified Scientist FormRequired for projects that involve human participants, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents and DEA-controlled substances. To be completed and signed by a Designated Supervisor and/or Qualified Scientist before experimentation.
    (3) Risk Assessment FormRequired for all projects, except those that are purely computational. 
    To be signed before experimentation by Designated Supervisor or Qualified Scientist.
    (4) Human Participants Form (with Human Informed Consent Form, if applicable)Required for all research involving human participants, not at a Regulated Research Institution. If at a Regulated Research Institution, use institutional approval forms for documentation of prior review and approval. 
    IRB approval is required before experimentation.
    (5A) Vertebrate Animal FormRequired for all research that involves vertebrate animals conducted in a non-regulated research site, e.g. home or school. 
    SRC approval is needed before experimentation.
    (5B) Vertebrate Animal FormRequired for all research that involves vertebrate animals conducted at a Regulated Research Institution. 
    IACUC approval is needed before experimentation.
    (6A) Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Risk Assessment FormRequired for all projects using fresh/ frozen tissue (including primary cell lines, human and other primate established cell lines and tissue cultures), primary cell cultures, blood, blood products and body fluids.
    SRC/IACUC/IBC approval is needed before experimentation.
    (6B) Human Vertebrate Animal Tissue FormRequired for all projects using fresh/ frozen tissue (including primary cell lines, human and other primate established cell lines and tissue cultures), primary cell cultures, blood, blood products and body fluids. All projects using any tissue listed above must also complete Form 6A. 
    If the research involves living organisms, please ensure that relevant forms for human participants or vertebrate animals are completed. 
    To be completed before experimentation.
    (7) Continuation Projects FormRequired for projects that are a continuation/ progression in the same field of study as a previous project. This form must be accompanied by the previous year's abstract and Research Plan.

    Click here for our guide to completing the SSEF Registration forms. Do note that you will have to download the document to make full use of the navigation features.

  • Project Documents Requirements (All Categories)

     

     

      

    Each project should submit the following project documents via the link (which will be provided to teacher coordinators) between 22 Jan 2021, 00:00 and 29 Jan 2021, 23:59. Applicants are strongly advised to complete and submit the documents as early as possible. 

    Students are advised to type their project abstract, report and Research Plan using 12-point Times New Roman font (or equivalent) with 1.5 line-spacing. 

    The requirements for ALL project documents are in the following table:

      
    REQUIRED to be included on the upper right-hand corner of each pageNOT to be included on any document
    • Project Code
    • Project Title
    • Names of students
    • Names/logos of schools
    • Names/logos of research institutes
    • Names of teacher/research mentors
    • Names/logos of external endorsements

     

    The project documents comprise the following:

    Research Plan should include the following: (a) Rationale (b) Research Question(s), Hypothesis(es), Engineering goal(s) and Expected Outcome(s) (c) Procedures, Risk and Safety and Methods for Data Analysis (d) Bibliography from your literature review

    Project Abstract is a concise summary of the report with no more than 250 words or less than 1800 characters, which will be used during project judging and for visitors during the public day. It should not include acknowledgements (such as the name of the school, name of mentor or research institutions) or external endorsements.

    Project Report describes the actual laboratory, field or theoretical research (not library research) for the project. It should involve ideas and preferably, data generated by the student.

    Credit should be given to the appropriate source and reference. 

    It should include (a) Background and Purpose of the research area, (b) Hypothesis of the research, (c) an Experimental section including Methods and Results, (d) Conclusion including a Discussion of the Results and Implications and (e) Bibliography of References. 

    Students are advised not to exceed seven pages, inclusive of data in tables, figures and diagrams. References and appendices do not count towards the seven-page limit. To ensure fairness across submission, judges have been advised that they can ignore any part of a report that exceeds the seven-page limit.

     

    Please click here for the suggested template.


  • Judging Criteria (All Category)

    The judging criteria for SSEF 2020 are as follows:

    Pre-judging Criteria Weighting (%) Final Judging Criteria Weighting (%)
    Research Question/Problem 10 Research Question/Problem 10
    Design and Methodology 20 Design and Methodology 20
    Execution 25 Execution 25
    Creativity 20 Creativity 20
    Presentation (based on the written report) 25 Presentation (Total 25%) Poster - 7
    Interview - 18

    Each criterion has been elaborated, please click here for the Pre-Judging criteria and here for the detailed Final Judging criteria.

    The judges' decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entertained.

    All reports submitted will be kept by the organisers and will not be returned. Each applicant should keep a copy of his or her report for personal use. The applicant is not required to send in his project databook(s) but he/she should have it available to showcase for SSEF Final Judging Day and interviews (ATS).
     
    More details about the presentation materials required for Final Judging will be provided at a later date.


    Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the official ISEF website to view past projects and obtain other information that may be pertinent to SSEF.

  • Information for Schools: Scientific Review Committee (SRC) and Institutional Review Board (IRB)

     

    A school-based SRC may be formed to assist the Affiliated Fair SRC in reviewing and approving projects. All SRC members must be familiar with the ISEF Rules and Guidelines during the review process. These guidelines are intended to ensure the safety of students, to protect the subjects and environments studied and to limit the liability of the adults who assist with the projects. Hence, it is important that the SRC ensures all projects abide by these rules and guidelines.
     
    An IRB is a committee that must evaluate the potential physical and/or psychological risk of research involving humans. All proposed human research must be reviewed and 
    approved by an IRB before experimentation begins. This includes review of any surveys or questionnaires to be used in the project.

    The Affiliated Fair SRC may override the decision of a school-based SRC/IRB if the decision is deemed inappropriate.


    The ISEF International Rules and Guidelines further elaborate on the composition and responsibilities of the review committees. Schools that are interested to set up their SRCs/IRBs are to complete the acknowledgement form here and submit via email to upstream@science.edu.sg or mail it to:

    Attn: Science Upstream (SSEF 2021)
    Science Centre Singapore
    15 Science Centre Road
    Singapore 609081

    A reply endorsing the setting up of any new school-based SRCs/IRBs must be given by the Fair Director before the review committee can perform their role.

  • Junior Scientists Category

    The Junior Scientist Category under SSEF is open to all budding and passionate scientists who have conducted research and projects in the preceding year either as Secondary 1 or 2 students.

    Students are required to submit a science or engineering project that they have done as an individual or a team of not more than three members and present their ideas to judges during SSEF.

    Outstanding projects stand to win attractive prizes. One student representative may have the opportunity to be awarded the Broadcom MASTERS International sponsorship which comes with a sponsored* trip to represent Singapore at the prestigious Broadcom MASTERS International (BCMI) Programme.

    Participation Rules:

    • The competition is open to all (Singaporean, PRs and Foreigners) Secondary level students studying in Singapore schools.
    • Projects can be submitted as an individual or team projects of up to three members.
    • Only a Singaporean or SPR will be eligible for nomination as the BCMI candidate.

    Submission Procedure

    Interested participants are to follow the following steps to register and submit the relevant documents by the stated deadlines. No hardcopy submission is required for the Junior Scientists category.

    StepActivityDeadline
    1

    Registration of Interest

     

    Registration of interest will open on 1 Jan 2021.

    Each participant can only submit 1 project. For team projects, only 1 form should be submitted by the team leader.

     

    NOTE: In line with the government’s Personal Data Protection Act, personal information will be collected through forms.gov.sg

    11 Jan 2021, 23:59

    (Open from 1 Jan 2021)

    2Submission of Project Documents

    Students of projects which have been registered successfully would need to submit the following project documents:
    • Abstract
    • Report
    • Research plan

    The suggested content for all project documents will follow that for SSEF Main Category projects. Instructions will be emailed to all registered participants.

    29 Jan 2021, 23:59

    (Open from 22 Jan 2021)

    3Submission of SSEF Entry Form

    Students of projects which have been registered successfully would need to submit their SSEF entry form to their respective schools’ SSEF Coordinators. 

    Schools' SSEF Coordinators to collate the entry forms and submit to the organising committee. Please check for the completion of the Parent/Guardian Consent Form that is on the last page of the SSEF 2021 Entry Form. Details on submission will be provided via email.

    1 Feb 2021, 5pm 

    (Open from 22 Jan 2021)

    4Submission of Video

    A short video (max 2 minutes) will be part of the entry requirements for the competition. Details of the rules and how participants submit the videos can be found here.

    More details regarding the submission of videos will be provided at a later date.
    19 Feb 2021, 23:59
    5Preliminary Judging ResultsEarly Mar 2021
    6Video Contest: Public's Popular Vote8 Mar 2021 – 29 Mar 2021, 5pm
    7

    SSEF Final Judging Day

    31 Mar 2021
    8Release of ResultsEarly Apr 2021

    Project entries without registration will not be considered for the fair. Late submissions will not be entertained.

  • SSEF 2020 and Past Winners

    SSEF 2020

    Click here for the list of SSEF 2020 Award Winners

    Click here for the list of SSEF 2020 Junior Scientist Award Winners

    SSEF 2019

    Click here for the list of SSEF 2019 Award Winners.

    Click here for the awards received by the Singapore representatives at the ISEF 2019.

    SSEF 2018 

    Click here for the list of SSEF 2018 Award Winners.

    Click here for the awards received by the Singapore representatives at the ISEF 2018.

    SSEF 2004 to 2017

    Click here for the list of SSEF 2004 to 2018 Award Winners.

Contact Us

Should you have any queries regarding your application, please contact any of the following:

Name

Email Address

Telephone

 

Mr Marcus Fa

Marcus_FA@science.edu.sg

6425 2595

For SSEF and ATS matters

Mr Ho Kian Tong

HO_Kian_Tong@moe.gov.sg

6879 6228

For SSEF matters

Ms Gerlynn Yap

Gerlynn_YAP@moe.gov.sg

6879 6842

For SSEF matters

Mr Wong Yih Check

WONG_Yih_Check@moe.gov.sg

6879 6226

For SSEF matters

Ms Soh Hui Lian

SOH_Hui_Lian@moe.gov.sg

6879 6590

For SSEF matters

 

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