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 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), which is regarded as the Olympics of science competitions.
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), Technology & Engineering Research Programme (TERP) 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.
It is a platform for our budding scientists and engineers to showcase their passion in their respective fields through communicating their findings to experts from the industry. Winners will represent Singapore to compete at the Intel ISEF.
The Intel ISEF is held annually in May and attracts over 1,300 students from 48 states in America and 40 nations to compete for scholarships of over US$2 million, tuition grants, scientific equipment and scientific fieldtrips. Intel ISEF 2018 will be held from 13 to 18 May 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
SSEF award winners will be eligible to move on to the A*STAR Talent Search (ATS) competition.
Click here for the list of SSEF 2018 Award Winners.
Click here for the list of SSEF 2004 to 2017 Award Winners.
Click here for slides from the Student Briefing.
Click here for list of shortlisted projects.
Click here for slides from the Finalists’ Briefing.
Click here for guidelines on poster design and presentation.
1. Activity Schedule
2. Participation Rules
Participation in SSEF 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 and who are between the age of 15 and 20 years as of 1 May 2018. 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 of 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.
- Project entries without online registration will not be considered for the fair. Late entries will not be entertained.
- Top winners of SSEF who are chosen to represent Singapore in the Intel ISEF must be Singaporeans or PRs.
- As SSEF is an Affiliated Fair of Intel ISEF, it is necessary for SSEF participants to familiarise themselves with the Intel ISEF International Rules and Guidelines as those rules are applicable to SSEF as well
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 age of 15 and 20 years as of 1 Jan 2018.
- However, there is no team award for ATS. All participants will be judged as an individual. Only one member from each team SSEF project will be accepted for ATS. Please refer to ATS website for more information on ATS.
Research projects that are submitted for SSEF or ATS should be projects that have been conducted between 1 Jan 2017 and 31 Dec 2017.
3. Application Procedure
The timeline for registration and submission of projects is provided below for reference:
| Step||Activity||Deadline |
|1||Online Project Registration here||1 Nov 2017, 10am to|
1 Dec 2017, 5pm
|2||Online Project Submission: Cover Page, Abstract, Report, and Research Plan||2 Dec 2017, 10am to |
10 Jan 2018, 5pm
|3||Collation of Personal Information: Teacher ICs from respective schools to collate additional students’ information through excel worksheet (template will be sent out to schools) and submit to Mr Koh Siak Peng (KOH_siak_peng[at]moe.edu.sg).|| |
|4||Hardcopy Submission: SSEF entry form, Intel ISEF forms and project documents to Science Centre Singapore.|
Applicants are strongly advised to submit as early as possible.
NOTE: In line with the government’s Personal Data Protection Act and in order to protect students’ privacy on the internet, personal information will not be collected via the SSEF online portal from SSEF 2017. Instead, it will be collected directly through the respective Science HODs/Teacher ICs of each school. More information will be sent to schools nearer the date of SSEF registration.
Project entries without online registration (register here) will not be considered for the fair. Late entries will not be entertained.
For hardcopy submissions, please refer to the following instructions:
Place the items below in one clear folder:
- One set of completed forms:
- SSEF Entry Form
- Intel ISEF Form Wizard Confirmation Printout (click here for example)
- Intel ISEF Form 1, 1A, 1B
- Other relevant Intel ISEF forms
- One set of project documents containing the items:
- Cover page
- Research Plan
- Project abstract
- Project report
|2||Place the folder into an envelope, with the assigned code clearly written on the envelope, to be submitted to:|
SSEF 2018 (Attn: Science Upstream)
Science Centre Singapore
15 Science Centre Road
4. Entry Form
All participants are required to complete the Entry Form (.pdf |.docx) . Only one form is required per project for participation in both SSEF and ATS. No additional entry form is required for ATS.
5. Intel ISEF Forms (Requried for all SSEF Projects)
As SSEF is an Affiliated Fair of Intel ISEF, all project entries must be accompanied by the relevant Intel ISEF forms.
- Please click here to access the Intel 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 Intel-ISEF. You must print out the results of the Rules Wizard and submit it with your SSEF entry form.
- To download the Intel 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.
- 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 Intel 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 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 Designated Supervisor and/or Qualified Scientist before experimentation.|
|(3) Risk Assessment Form||Required for projects that use hazardous chemicals /, involves potential hazardous activities or devices and / microorganisms exempt from pre-approval. |
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.|
6. Project Documents Requirements
The deadline for submission of hardcopy SSEF entry form, Intel ISEF forms and project documents is 10 Jan 2018, Wednesday, 5pm. Soft copy of the project abstract, report and research plan are to be uploaded online here. 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 applicant’s full name 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 includes the title of project; names of student, school, mentor and research institution. Please click here for suggested template.
- Research Plan should include the following:
(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 general readers during public day. It should not include acknowledgements (such as name of 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 name of school, name of mentor or research institutions) or external endorsements.
Please click here for suggested template.
7. Judging Criteria
The judging criteria for SSEF 2018 is as follows:
|Final Judging Criteria|
Design and Methodology
Design and Methodology
|Presentation (based on written report)||25||Presentation (Total 25%)|
Poster - 7
Interview - 18
Each criterion has been elaborated, please click here to download.
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 data book(s) but he/she should have it available for the exhibition (on SSEF Final Judging Day) and interviews (ATS).
Please read the Intel 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 Intel ISEF website to view past projects and obtain other information that may be pertinent to SSEF.
8. 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 Intel 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 Intel 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 (.pdf| .docx) and submit via email to Pamela_loke [at]science.edu.sg and mail it to:
SSEF 2018 (Attn: Science Upstream)
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.
9. Junior Scientists Category
The Junior Scientist Category under SSEF is open to all budding and passionate scientists out there under the age of 15.
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 will be awarded the Broadcom MASTERS International sponsorship which comes with a sponsored* trip to represent Singapore at the prestigious Broadcom MASTERS International (BCMI) Programme from 13 to 18 May 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Please click here for more information on the requirements and submission procedure for the Junior Scientist category.
Should you have any queries regarding your application, please contact any of the following:
|Name||Email Address||Telephone|| |
|Ms Pamela Loke||Pamela_LOKE[at]science.edu.sg||6425 2590||For SSEF and ATS matters|
|Ms Grace Leong ||Grace_LEONG[at]moe.gov.sg ||6879 6587||For SSEF matters|
|Mr Koh Siak Peng ||KOH_Siak_Peng [at]moe.gov.sg ||6879 6583||For SSEF matters|
|Dr Alice Tan||TAN_Siew_Hwe[at]moe.edu.sg ||6879 6226||For SSEF matters|
|Mr Neo Chai Seng ||NEO_Chai_Seng[at]moe.edu.sg || ||For SSEF matters|