The Naval Science Awards Program (NSAP) is a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps program, administered by the Academy of Applied Science, provides awards to over 300 sciences fairs throughout the year. The program was established to encourage the interest of high school students in science and engineering, to reward their scientific achievements, and to encourage them to pursue careers in science or engineering. The Navy and Marine Corps participate each year in over 300 local, regional and state science and engineering fairs in which high school students exhibit their projects.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsors NSAP for the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps. ONR coordinates, executes, and promotes science and technology programs of the Naval services through universities, government laboratories, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Fostering an academic interest in Naval-relevant science and engineering from high school through post-doctoral levels is of great importance to ONR.
The Navy and Marine Corps participate each year in more than 425 regional, district and state science and engineering fairs in which high school students exhibit their projects. Qualified experts drawn from local Navy and Marine Corps activities serve as judges, with subsequent presentation of prizes to successful competitors.
Regional and state science and engineering fairs at which two or more high schools are represented are eligible for NSAP awards. Senior level projects from students in grades nine through twelve must be represented. Junior level projects from students in grades eight and below may also be represented. All regional and state fairs desiring eligibility must be registered with the program.
High school students in grades nine through twelve, competing as individuals, are eligible for certificates and awards through participating fairs. Award recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In fairs that include middle school students in grades eight and below, these individual students' projects will be reviewed. They are eligible for separate certificates of accomplishment. No monetary awards are issued to middle school students.
*Any final decision concerning the eligibility of a science and engineering fair that registers with the Office of Naval Research will be made by the Education Program Manager.