Application Forms

The NYCSEF Application forms are available for download. Please refer to the NYCSEF Rules and Guidelines for complete information.

Please refer to the Online Application FAQs for more information about registering your project online.

Breakdown of all forms


NYCSEF Signature Page | Acknowledgment of Participation from student, parent/guardian, teacher, and principal.

Student & Project Information| Template for basic student information and project outline/information

Team Information| Template for team member information FOR TEAM PROJECTS

Checklist for Adult Sponsor(1) | To be completed by the Adult Sponsor in collaboration with the student researcher.

Student checklist 1A | Basic student checklist

NYCSEF Project Summary | Required before you begin your experimentation

Abstract | To be completed after your experimentation

Approval Form (1B) | Basic approval required for each student, including team members

Remember you must also write a Research Paper for submission with your application.  Refer to pg. 4 in the NYCSEF Rules and Guidelines for more information.


Regulated Research Institutional Form (1C) | Required for any research conducted at a regulated research institution or work site other than home, school or field.  To be completed after experimentation.

Qualified Scientist (2) | May be required for research involving human subjects, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents, and DEA-controlled substances.  To be completed before experimentation.

Risk Assessment Form (3) | Required for projects using hazardous chemicals, activities or devices and microorganisms exempt from pre-approval.  To be completed before experimentation.

Human Participants (4) | Required for research involving human participants.  IRB approval required before experimentation.

Vertebrate Animal (5A) | Required for research involving vertebrate animals that is conducted in a school/home/field.  SRC approval required before experimentation.

Vertebrate Animal (5B) | Required for research involving vertebrate animals that is conducted at a Regulated Research Institution.  IACUC approval from the research institution required before experimentation.

Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Form (6A)  | Required for research involving microorganisms, rDNA, fresh/frozen tissue (including primary cell lines, human and other primate established cell lines and tissue cultures), blood, blood products and body fluids.  SRC/IACUC/IBC approval required before experimentation.

Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form (6B) | For research involving fresh/frozen tissue, blood, blood products and body fluids.  Must also complete PHBA Form (6A).

Continuation/Research Progression Form (7) | Required for projects that are a continuation in the same field of study as a previous project.

IMPORTANT – Changes and Modifications for 2014-2015

The following are the major changes and modifications to the rules and guidelines for the 2015 NYCSEF. It is recommended that students and associated adults review the appropriate rules and guidelines as it relates to the specific research project.

  • For ALL PROJECTS – All applications must be submitted online. Hardcopies of all necessary forms (including two copies of the research paper) must be postmarked by December 17, 2014.   Late submissions will NOT be accepted.
  • Vertebrate Animals
    • In Part 3 of the Research Plan / Project Summary, students working on vertebrate animals must state the Pain Category for their project.


Upcoming Deadlines

  1. 17Dec2014 NYCSEF Project Application Due Date
  2. 01Mar2015 NYCSEF Preliminary Round @ The City College of New York
  3. 24Mar2015  NYCSEF Finals Round @ The American Museum of Natural History
  4. 27Mar2015 NYCSEF Awards Ceremony @ The Kaye Playhouse Theatre-Hunter College
  5. 10May2015 International Science & Engineering Fair Week in Pittsburgh,PA

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