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FIRST Robotics Competition New Team Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International High School
Student Teams to Register for a Robotics Competition

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FIRST

Deadline Date:

11/09/20 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants of $4,500 to USA, Canada, and International high school student teams to register for a robotics competition. Teams are required to register for the event before the grant may be applied. Funding is intended to support newly formed teams, as well as teams with more experienced participants, in a competition to design industrial-sized robots that engage in a game against similar opponents.

The FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules and limited time and resources, teams of high school students are challenged to design, program, and build industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game in alliance with other teams, while also fundraising to meet their goals, designing a team “brand,” and advancing respect and appreciation for STEM within the local community.

All skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical. FIRST Robotics Competition gives high school students and their adult mentors the opportunity to work and create together to solve a common problem. While competing for awards, student teams also create a team identity and hone teamwork skills. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182770

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Awarded teams will receive $4,500 (restricted to registration) over the course of 2 seasons.
- US Teams will receive $2,050 in season 1 (2021) and $2,000 in season 2 (2022); all US team are eligible to receive $450 from NASA for the 2021 season
- All Teams outside the US will receive $2,500 in season 1 (2021) and $2,000 season 2 (2022)

Term of Contract:

Awarded teams will receive funding over the course of 2 seasons.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant Criteria and Obligations:
- Teams must be a FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie or New Veteran Team
- Teams must register for the 2021 season before the grant can be applied
- The application must include a copy of the team's fundraising plan.

Criteria:

Newly formed teams who are assigned team numbers that have never been used:
a. Rookie Team
- 0, 1 or 2 full time mentor(s) with prior FIRST Robotics Competition experience AND
- Less than or equal to 5 student participants with prior FIRST Robotics Competition experience
- Detailed definitions, including eligibility for recognition and specific incentives can be found in the Guidelines listed in Supporting Documents below
- Eligible for the New Team Grant

b. Non-Rookie Team NOT formed from a Separation or Combine
- More than 2 full-time mentors with prior FIRST Robotics Competition experience OR
- More than 5 student participants with prior FIRST Robotics Competition experience
- NOT formed from a Separation OR Combine: Separation/Combine Rules (see Supporting Documents below)
- Eligible for the New Team Grant

c. Non-Rookie Team formed from a Separation or Combine
- Created from a Separation or Combine: Separation/Combine Rules (see Supporting Documents below)
- NOT eligible for the New Team Growth Grant

Pre-Application Information:

To receive the New Team Grant, complete the grant application, which includes a business plan, by the deadline of November 9, 2020 at 5pm EST. (Additionally, complete Lessons Learned by August 1, 2021.)

Teams must register for the 2021 season before the grant can be applied to a team's account. 

Teams will be notified via email of their award status by Thursday, November 12th.

2nd Year of Grant:
In order to foster a culture of Gracious Professionalism®, awardees must share lessons learned at the end of the 2021 season. Teams will be asked to complete a "lessons learned" assignment in May 2021, which will qualify them for the next year of the grant ($2,000 towards registration). IMPORTANT:  Failure to perform post-award obligations may forfeit year 2 funding. 

Awarded teams will be responsible for raising the additional funding needed each season.

About the FIRST Robotics Competition: https://www.firstinspires.org/

Start a team: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/start-a-team

Grant information: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/grants

Definitions and Criteria: https://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/frc/rookie-team-criteria

FAQs: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/team-grants-faq

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:
https://usfirst.submittable.com/signup?returnUrl=%2fsubmit%2fec06d8be-50a4-4d35-bd69-944203b9bbb7%2f2021-first-robotics-competition-new-team-grant-application

Questions can be directed to frcrookie@firstinspires.org.

Mailing Address:
FIRST
200 Bedford St.
Manchester, NH 03101
Phone: (603) 666-3906 or (800) 871-8326

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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