FIRST Robotics Competition scholarships are limited to high school students who are
involved or planning to get involved in school related robotics clubs or organizations.
These clubs and originations must have the intention of inspiring students to pursue higher education and
careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), as well as, working with schools and
teachers to integrate robotics education into daily curriculum.
Welcome to the NASA FIRST Robotics Competition application process
for the 2016 competition season. We are
very excited that your team is planning to participate in FIRST
Robotics Competition this year. You are choosing to provide
students with the opportunity to use their minds to accomplish
an incredible task: starting with ideas that exist only in the
minds of your team members and then creating a functioning robot
in only few weeks.
Wow! As you get started with the process of applying for sponsorship from
NASA, we want to explain a few things to you.
For the purposes of applying for a NASA sponsorship, teams are grouped into three categories - "rookie," "second-year" and
"veteran." In all cases, we accept the identifications provided by
the FIRST Robotics Competition
to determine into which category a particular team may fall. The categories
are defined as follows:
Rookie Teams: The Regional Challenge
Grants are intended for new rookie teams that are
entering the FRC program for the first time. Rookie
teams that successfully participate in the 2015 program may
apply for a second year of Regional Challenge Grant sponsorship in 2016.
Second-Year Teams: Second-year funding
is available ONLY to those teams that received a "rookie
year sponsorship" from NASA for the SAME event during
the 2015 competition season.
Additionally, during the first year of a new Regional
Competition event, a
number of "veteran team" sponsorships will also be
awarded. These sponsorships are for one year only, and
are awarded to veteran teams that are electing to attend
the new event. By involving veteran FRC teams in the new
events, it is expected that the overall level of the
competition, quality of the experience, transfer of
knowledge and experience to rookie teams, and
demonstration of values associated with the FRC program
will be increased.
Second-year teams: Priority will be
given to second-year teams that received a NASA Program
Growth Grant as a rookie during the 2015 season. Based
on their successful participation in the 2015 season,
and their continued participation in FIRST
Robotics Competition program, any of these teams may
apply for a second year of sponsorship for the 2016 season.
Rookie teams: After the second-year teams
are selected, any remaining resources may be applied to
applications received from teams that will be rookies during
the 2016 competition season (as defined by FIRST).
Depending upon the availability of
Congressionally appropriated funding, rookie teams that
successfully participate in the program in 2016 may apply
for a second year of sponsorship for the 2017 season.
Veteran teams: Except as noted above,
these NASA sponsorship programs are primarily intended
to provide support for rookie teams that are just
entering the FIRST Robotics Competition
program. The intent of Program Growth Grants is to
assist in the formation of new teams. However, it may not be
possible to award all available sponsorships to qualified
second-year or rookie teams. In this event, qualified
veteran teams that have applied for sponsorship may be
selected. Applications for Program Growth Grants from veteran teams will be considered
after all rookie team and second-year team applications have
Demonstrate at least $5,000 of existing corporate
or community funding, and
Agree to mentor a rookie FIRST team either directly
or via telephone/email.
Should you have any questions please send an email to
ARC-FRC-Grants@mail.nasa.gov We will attempt to respond to your message within twenty-four (24) hours.
Please note that this site collects a wide array of information to allow us to
effectively review and assess proposals. The contact information collected
here will never be shared with anyone outside of the Robotics Alliance Project Office.
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