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 2020 Updates
Singapore Science and Engineering Fair 2020 Awards
We are proud to announce the awardees for SSEF 2020! Congratulations!
Click here for the list of SSEF 2020 Award Winners
Click here for the list of SSEF 2020 Junior Scientist Award Winners
The SSEF organisers would like to thank all participating students, schools coordinators, teachers, mentors, judges, partners and all who have contributed and supported us for SSEF 2020. Thank you!
Due to the COVID-19 situation, we will not be holding the SSEF Award Ceremony like in previous years, but we will be sending the certificates and prizes to your schools.
Junior Scientist Video Contest
Please click the links below for the video entries.
Click here to view the Winning Entries
Click here to view all Videos Entries
Revised Format due to COVID-19 Situation
On 7 Feb 2020, the DORSCON level was raised to Orange with regards to COVID-19 situation. MOE has implemented precautionary measures which include the suspension of inter-school and external activities until the end of March school holidays. The SSEF
2020 is thus unable to take place on the original dates of 10 to 12 March 2020.
The Revised Final Judging Round for SSEF2020 involves a smaller scale, with two key changes:
- The on-site final judging round will be converted to online judging.
- Participation of SSEF 2020 will be limited to student participants, teachers and judges only. The public will not be involved.
International Science & Engineering Fair 2020 (ISEF)
The Society for Science & the Public and Regeneron are thrilled to be able to bring the entire science fair community together to celebrate science. They will be bringing together the top minds in science and business – straight to your living room!
ISEF is officially announcing the Virtual Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, which will take place May 18 through May 22.
Tune in to:
- Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner (2018) Frances Arnold
- Google Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf
- National Medal of Technology and Innovation winner Cato Laurencin
Curious about who else will be speaking? Check out the press release! We’ll be in touch with more speakers!
Beyond the Panels
We are also thrilled to be bringing the ISEF Commons, featuring dozens of universities, so that your students can have an opportunity to learn more about some top colleges. Stay tuned for a full list of colleges and universities!
We will also be setting up virtual rooms for each project category, featuring videos about finalists’ projects. (Please note that it is not mandatory for finalists to create videos.) Head to each category to learn more about finalists’ research! Or head to other category rooms!
Here’s what you need to know:
- Head here to register NOW for free: LINK!
- The virtual experience will include a mix of live and pre-recorded content as well as interactive sessions with a live Q&A. Stay tuned for more information about the schedule!
- This event is open to everyone – not just ISEF finalists. This is an opportunity for all your volunteers to “go to ISEF!” We want everyone to have an opportunity to hear from these amazing speakers and participate in our virtual programming.
SSEF 2020 Activity Schedule
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 2020. 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 1 Dec 2019 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.
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 2020.
- 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.
For a research project to be eligible for SSEF and ATS, only research work conducted between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 Dec 2019 should be reported.
The timeline for registration and submission of projects is provided below for reference:
| Step||Activity||Deadline |
Registration of Interest
- Interested participants should register your project using this link.
- 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
|1 Dec 2019, 5pm|
(Open from 1 Nov 2019)
Submission of Registration Forms and Project Documents
Projects which have been registered successfully would need to submit the following documents:
- To be submitted by respective schools’ SSEF Coordinators: Registration forms (includes SSEF entry form and ISEF forms). Details will be provided to SSEF Coordinators via email.
- To be submitted by students: Project documents (includes cover page, abstract, report and research plan). Instructions will be emailed to all registered participants.
|8 Jan 2020 (Open from 1 Jan 2020)|
Project entries without online registration will not be considered for the fair. Late entries will not be entertained.
- All participants are required to complete the form here.
- Participants who are entering for the Junior Scientist, 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.
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.
|(1) Checklist for Adult Sponsor||Required for all projects. |
To be completed before experimentation.
|(1A) Student Checklist Form and Research Plan||Required for all projects.|
|(1B) Approval Form||Required 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 Form||Required 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 Form||Required 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 Form||Required 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 Form||Required 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 Form||Required 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 Form||Required 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 Form||Required 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 Form||Required 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.|
Each project should submit the following project documents via the link (which will be provided to school coordinators) before 8 Jan 2020, 5pm. Applicants are strongly advised to complete and submit them 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 project code and title should be printed on the upper right-hand corner of each sheet except for the cover page. The project documents comprise the following:
- Cover Page should include only the title of project and project code. Names of students, school, mentor and research institutes should not be included.
- 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 more than 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.
The report should not include acknowledgements (such as the name of the school, name of mentor or research institutions) or external endorsements.
Please click here for the suggested template.
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 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 for the exhibition (on SSEF Final Judging Day) and interviews (ATS).
Please read the ISEF Display and Safety Regulations to have a better idea of what should and should not be included in exhibits for the SSEF Final judging round. The size of the booths for SSEF may differ from that of Intel ISEF.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the official ISEF website to view past projects and obtain other information that may be pertinent to SSEF.
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 email@example.com or mail it to:
Attn: Science Upstream (SSEF 2020)
Science Centre Singapore
15 Science Centre Road
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Register your project here
|1 Dec 2019, 5pm|
(Open from 1 Nov 2019)
Submission of the following:
- SSEF Entry Form
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 2020 Entry Form. Details on submission will be provided via email.
- Project Report
The suggested content will follow that for SSEF projects. Submission instructions will be sent to registered participants.
8 Jan 2020, 5pm (Open from 1 Jan 2020)
Submission 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.
- Schools' SSEF teacher coordinator to collate the video links and submit to the organising committee.
5 Feb 2020
|4||Prejudging Results||Mid-February 2020|
|5||Video Contest: Public's Popular Vote||12 Feb 2020 - 3 Mar 2020|
SSEF Final Judging Day
|11 Mar 2020|
|7||SSEF Public Day & Release of Results||12 Mar 2020|
Project entries without registration will not be considered for the fair. Late submissions will not be entertained.
Click here for the list of SSEF 2019 Award Winners.
Click here for the awards received by the Singapore representatives at the ISEF 2019.
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.
Should you have any queries regarding your application, please contact any of the following: