• Intuitive Foundation
    FIRST Robotics

The Intuitive Foundation is a proud sponsor of FIRST high school robotics teams.

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. This past year, Intuitive Foundation expanded its 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 exciting STEM careers.

Applications for funding and mentorship are currently being accepted for the 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition season.  Particularly during these uncertain and challenging times, the Intuitive Foundation is committed to supporting FIRST’s mission to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators.

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 from now until Friday, October 30, 2020.

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 be registered with FIRST for the 2021 season.
  2. The team must have competed in at least one official FIRST robotic competition.
  3. The team exposes students to STEM who would otherwise not have access.
  4. The team multiplies the impact of our investment by promoting interest in STEM outside of their organization.
  5. 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.


The Intuitive Foundation awarded grants to 120+ robotic teams in the 2019-20 school year. Prior to COVID-19, 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.