Many projects could easily fit into more than one category. It is your decision to choose the category that most accurately describes your project. Use the links below to see category definitions.

Animal Sciences

  • Study of animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals. Animal ecology, physiology, husbandry, cytology, histology, entomology, ichthyology, ornithology, herpetology, etc.

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • The science or study of the thought processes and behavior of humans and other animals in their interactions with the environment studied through observational and experimental methods. Includes clinical and developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and sociology.

Biological Sciences and Engineering

  • Includes basic (non biomedical) research and engineering projects in cell physiology, immunology, genetics, molecular biology, neurobiology, and development.

Biomedical and Health Sciences

  • This category includes research and engineering projects of relevance to human health. Projects include cell and organ physiology, molecular genetics of disease, immunology, nutrition, biomedical devices, imaging, and cell and tissue engineering.

Chemistry and Materials

  • The science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter, especially of atomic and molecular systems.
  • Includes analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, inorganic and organic chemistry, and materials chemistry including polymers, biomaterials, composites, and nanomaterials.

Computer Science

  • The study of information processes, the structures and procedures that represent processes, and their implementation in information processing systems. It includes systems analysis and design, application and system software design, programming, and datacenter operations.
  • Includes computational biology, bioinformatics, algorithms, databases, operating systems, AI and machine learning, robotics.

Environmental Sciences and Engineering

  • The analysis of existing conditions of the environment. The study of managing human interaction with the environment.
  • Includes environmental engineering, atmospheric and climate science, environmental effects on ecosystems, geosciences, and water science.

Energy and Transportation

  • The study of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, clean transport, and alternative fuels.

Engineering Mechanics

  • Includes aeronautical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, vehicle and naval systems.

Mathematical Sciences

  • The study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols. The deductive study of numbers, geometry, and various abstract constructs, or structures. Mathematics is very broadly divided into foundations, algebra, analysis, geometry, and applied mathematics, which includes theoretical computer science.
  • Includes algebra, analysis, combinatorics, geometry, number theory, probability and statistics.


  • The study of micro-organisms, including bacteria, viruses, prokaryotes, and simple eukaryotes and of antibiotic substances.
  • Includes antimicrobials, bacteriology, environmental microbiology, microbial genetics, and virology.

Physics and Astronomy

  • Includes the science of matter and energy and the study of anything beyond Earth. Projects include magnetics, optics, lasers, quantum computation, theoretical physics, biological physics, computational physics, and astronomy.

Plant Sciences

  • Study of plant life. Plant ecology, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, plant taxonomy, physiology, pathology, plant genetics, hydroponics, algae, etc.

If your project does not fit into any of the categories listed above, please contact for guidance.