Most successful research projects for the NCISC require extended time to complete the research; therefore, research projects may be started as much as 24 months before submission to NCISC.
- October 31
Full reports and complete applications are electronically submitted for judging.
- November 30
Finalists are chosen to present their work in person.
- December 5
Students present their work to the judging panel and are selected to represent the United States in Beijing.
- January 1 – February 28
Projects are refined and graphics are fabricated. Travel arrangements are secured. A preliminary orientation session is held.
- March (third week)
Travel to and from Beijing, China. The delegation attends the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition and related events.
- After the NCISC
Students are expected to attend a few N.C. science functions and display their projects. An example is the yearly SMT Center statewide science celebration which is typically held in April.