SSEF 2018 LOGO SMALL
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 by communicating their findings to industry experts. Winners will even get to represent Singapore and compete at the ISEF. 

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 eBook

Have a glimpse at the happenings of SSEF 2021 by downloading the SSEF 2021 eBook!

SSEF 2021 eBook (Cover)

SSEF 2022 Activity Schedule

 

S/N 

Process 

Dates 

Online registration 

1 Jan to 10 Jan 

Teacher Coordinators’ Briefing 2 

14 Jan 

Submission of project documents for Preliminary Judging 

14 Jan to 21 Jan, 5pm 

Submission of SSEF/ISEF forms by Teacher Coordinators 

14 Jan to 25 Jan, 5pm 

Preliminary Judging 

Feb 

Submission of JS videos 

By 18 Feb, 5pm 

Public voting for JS Video Contest 

Mar 

Release of Preliminary Judging outcomes 

End Feb 

Student Finalists’ Briefing 

28 Feb 

10 

*Submission of presentation materials for Final Judging (Virtual) 

28 Feb to 21 Mar, 5pm 

11 

*Set-Up Day (F2F) / Technical Run for Final Judging (Virtual) 

29 Mar 

12 

Final Judging 

30 Mar 

13 

*Public Visitation Day (F2F) / Release of Final Judging results 

31 Mar / Early Apr 

*Details to be confirmed. Updates will be provided on 14 Jan 2022 at TC Briefing 02.

Key SSEF 2022 Processes

SSEF 2022 Briefing Documents

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

 

School-Based STEM Research Support Activities 2022

To support schools in conducting school-based STEM research, a series of activities will be held from November 2021. Click here to find out more about the activities and sign up for them!

  • 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 2022. 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 who submit more than one project may be disqualified from the competition.
    • Interested applicants must successfully complete the online registration by 10 Jan 2022 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 2021 and 13 Jan 2022 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 202113 Jan 2022No
    1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021Yes
    13 Jan 202113 Jan 2022No
    14 Jan 202113 Jan 2022Yes
  • Application Procedure (Main Category)

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

    StepActivityDeadline
    1

    Registration

    Registration for SSEF 2022 Main Category will be open from 1 Jan 2022 to 10 Jan 2022.

    Each participant can only submit 1 project. For the 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

    10 Jan 2022, 23:59  (Open from 1 Jan 2022)
    2

    Submission of Project Documents

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

    • Abstract
    • Report

    Instructions will be emailed to all registered participants.

     

     

    21 Jan 2022, 17:00
    (Open from 14 Jan 2022) 

     

     

    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 Teacher Coordinators would need to collate and submit registration forms of projects from their schools. Details will be provided to SSEF Teacher Coordinators via email. Please check for the completion of the Parent/Guardian Consent Form that is on the last page of the SSEF 2022 Entry Form.

    25 Jan 2022, 5pm  (Open from 14 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 Scientist Category are required to complete the form here.
    • Only one form is required per project for participation in SSEF.
    • 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 (Required for all Main Category 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 a project abstract and report via the link (which will be provided to teacher coordinators) between 14 Jan 2022, 00:00 and 21 Jan 2022, 17:00. 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 page NOT to be included on any document 
    • Project Code (e.g. AS001)
    • Project Title
    • Names of students  
    • Names/logos of schools
    • Names/logos of research institutes
    • Names of teacher/research mentors
    • Acknowledgements section 

    The project documents comprise the following:

    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.

    Note that the research plan and post project summary should be attached with ISEF Form 1A and submitted with the other forms. 

  • Judging Criteria (All Category)

    The judging criteria for SSEF 2022 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 a 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 Scientist 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 Scientist category.

    StepActivityDeadline
    1

    Registration

     

    Registration for SSEF 2022 Junior Scientist Category will be open from 1 Jan 2022 to 10 Jan 2022. 

     

    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

     

    10 Jan 2022, 23:59 
    (Open from 1 Jan 2022) 

     

    2Submission of Project Documents

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

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

     

    21 Jan 2022, 17:00 
    (Open from 14 Jan 2022) 

     

    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 Teacher Coordinators. 

    Schools' SSEF Teacher 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 2022 Entry Form. Details on submission will be provided via email.

     

    25 Jan 2022, 5pm 
    (Open from 14 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 to SSEF Coordinators via email.
    18 Feb 2022, 17:00 
    5Preliminary Judging ResultsEnd Feb 2022
    6Video Contest: Public's Popular VoteMar 2022
    7

    SSEF Final Judging Day

    30 Mar 2022
    8Release of ResultsEnd Mar/Early Apr 2022

    Click here to view the SSEF 2021 Junior Scientists' videos!

  • SSEF 2021 and Past Winners

    SSEF 2021

    Click here for the list of SSEF 2021 Award Winners

    Click here for the list of SSEF 2021 Junior Scientist Award 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.

  • SSEF 2021 Fringe Activities

    Curious about how you can generate your own ideas for research projects? What do the STEM concepts that you learn in school have to do with you outside of school? Have a look at our 2021 virtual fringe activities to find out the answers to these questions and more!

    Click here to access the 2021 virtual fringe activities.

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

Ms Soh Hui Lian

SOH_Hui_Lian@moe.gov.sg

6879 6590

For SSEF matters

Ms Kim Chan

CHAN_Xinhui_Kim@moe.gov.sg

6879 6590

For SSEF matters

 

Organised by:


 

 

Sponsors Logos