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The North Carolina Science Fair Foundation (NCSFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization that is the proud sponsor of the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair (NCSEF). The NCSFF sponsors the NCSEF by providing the human, technical, and financial resources needed to inspire innovation and excellence in student-led STEM research.

The NCSEF is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). ISEF is organized by the Society for Science & the Public dedicated to the public engagement in scientific research and education. Their vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, inspire. Through this affiliation, selected NCSEF students progress to compete in theĀ Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge for grades 5-8 and the ISEF for grades 9-12. ISEF provides the rules and regulations governing student engaged research and safety for the NCSEF.

The North Carolina Science Fair Foundation (NCSFF) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote science literacy in elementary-, middle-, and high-school students through participation in inquiry-based learning.


NCSFF promotes science and engineering research by partnering with the community to integrate student scientific research into science education.

NCSFF works to increase diversity and engagement of underrepresented student populations in science and engineering research.

NCSFF organizes science and engineering fairs to showcase and celebrate student success in research and learning.

The North Carolina Science Fair Foundation (NCSFF) will be a leader in providing opportunities to the diverse student population of primary and secondary education in the state to become scientifically literate citizens, and contribute to society as science and engineering leaders.

1. Provide effective internal and external communications
2. Support outreach and professional development activities for stakeholders
3. Develop and maintain a strong and effective board
4. Attract and develop partners to expand the impact and reach of NCSFF
5. Develop and maintain strong resource acquisition plans to support NCSFF activities
6. Support regional fairs and regional fair directors