• Intuitive Foundation
    FIRST Robotics

The Intuitive Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of sponsorship for FIRST high school robotics teams around the world.

Since 2006, Intuitive has partnered with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), awarding grants to high school robotic teams both in the Bay Area and other parts of the US. Over the years Intuitive has inspired hundreds of students to engage in STEM activities. In addition, Intuitive employees have volunteered as mentors and coaches for teams that compete in FIRST Robotics Competition, which combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology. The Intuitive Foundation is now expanding our reach to sponsoring teams around the world.

Beyond sponsorship and mentoring, Intuitive hosts a popular summer event for local teams called RoboNanza in Sunnyvale, California and hosts FIRST teams to a fall Open House where students enjoy system demos and learn about careers in STEM.

Applications for funding and mentorship will be accepted between August 2019 and October 2019 for the 2020 season.

Eligibility Criteria and Application guidelines

To qualify for funding for the current season, any high school team registered with FIRST Robotics Competition may submit an application between August 1, 2019 and October 13, 2019.

For teams located outside of the US, the funding request should come from a registered charity. All team grants will be disbursed through FIRST Finance.

The Foundation will review and evaluate submissions based on the following criteria:

  1. The team must have competed in at least one official FIRST robotic competition.
  2. The team exposes students to STEM who would otherwise not have access.
  3. The team multiplies the impact of our investment by promoting interest in STEM outside of their organization.
  4. The team fosters growth and development of future scientists and engineers through well developed and successful teams.

As part of the application you may include a request for a volunteer mentor, if available.

Please email FIRST@intuitive-foundation.org with questions regarding the FIRST Robotics grant process.


Intuitive awarded grants to 40+ robotic teams in the 2018-19 school year. Local teams were invited to show off their student-built robots to the Sunnyvale employees at a fun summer event called RoboNanza.

The fall open house for sponsored FIRST teams is a crowd favorite that includes da Vinci test drives, a design challenge, and STEM workshops.