Affiliated fairs are members of the SSP network. These competitions exist in nearly every state in the United States as well as over 70 other countries, regions and territories. Fairs are conducted at local, regional, state and national levels and can be affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and/or the Broadcom MASTERS. To complete in the Intel ISEF, a student in grades 9 through 12 must first qualify by participating in a science fair that is affiliated with the Intel ISEF. That fair can then send a designated number of projects (individual or team) to the Intel ISEF.
Fairs associated with Broadcom MASTERS are eligible to name the top 10% of their 6th - 8th grade participants as Broadcom MASTERS nominees.
Most science fairs in the U.S. and U.S. territories are held from January through March. Fairs outside the U.S. may take place at other times of the year. Students who participate in these fairs must observe the International Rules for Pre-College Science Research.