There are many Rules and Policies that apply to Science Fair Projects and displays. These are summarized below.
Science Fair Participation Rules
All Intermediate/Senior (Grade 9-12) Projects are eligible for both the Canada-Wide Science Fair(CWSF) and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and must adhere to both the Youth Science Canada (YSC) Policies and the ISEF Policies:
- International Rules and Guidelines
- YSC Policy 220.127.116.11 on Low-Risk Human Participation
- YSC Policy 18.104.22.168 on Significant-Risk Human Participation.
- YSC Policy 4.2.1 on Invertebrate Animals in Research.
- YSC Policy 4.2.2 on Vertebrate Animals in Research.
- YSC Policy 4.3.1 on Firearms and Projectiles.
- YSC Policy 4.3.2 on Recombinant DNA and Biological Safety.
Since the ISEF Rules are generally the most restrictive, we encourage you to use the ISEF Rules Wizard to help determine which ISEF policies and forms apply to your project.
Projects are expected to comply with both CWSF and ISEF Policies but only the ISEF forms are required to be completed.
Forms for Intermediate/Senior Projects are detailed in the Forms Listing.
Project Display and Backboard
When creating the project display and backboard for entry in the Science Fair, a number of safety regulations and display rules apply:
- BASEF Project Display Guidelines
- Projects that win trip awards to the Canada-Wide Science Fair and International Science and Engineering Fair will be subject to different rules that may be more or less restrictive and may require students to modify their backboards or backboard materials. See the CWSF Project Display Policy and the ISEF Project Display Regulations for more details.