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2018–2019 FIRST Grant Application Is Now Open

Do you want to inspire and motivate young minds to pursue their STEM passions? Would you like to enhance your coaching and leadership skills and connect with a network of like-minded colleagues? Getting involved with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) provides opportunities to mentor students from kindergarten through high school. Through FIRST, UTC employees empower the next generation of innovators, inventors and advanced manufacturing professionals to move the world forward.

Click here to learn more about students’ and UTC mentors’ experiences and witness the excitement of a FIRST Robotics World Championship.

This year marks UTC’s 24th consecutive year as a FIRST presenting sponsor, having contributed more than $10 million to date! Last year, through team grants and employee mentors, UTC supported 205 teams in 23 states and three Canadian provinces.

UTC is now accepting team grant applications for the 2018-2019 FIRST season. Team grant amounts will be based on team type as outlined below:

FIRST Robotics: $4,000
FIRST Tech Challenge: $500
FIRST LEGO League: $500
FIRST LEGO League, Jr.: $500

To qualify for a UTC grant, teams must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Teams should have at least one mentor who is an employee of UTC or a UTC business unit (UTC Climate, Controls & Security; Otis; Pratt & Whitney; UTC Aerospace Systems; and United Technologies Research Center).
  • Teams must compete in at least one FIRST district and/or regional competition during the 2018-2019 season.
  • It is required that applications for United Technologies Corporation (UTC) team grants for the 2018-2019 FIRST season be completed by a UTC employee mentor.
  • Applications that have not been completed by a UTC employee mentor – with full professional contact info – will not be accepted.


Applications will be accepted until Friday, November 2, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Employee mentors will be notified of their teams’ grant application status by Monday, November 19.

Check out a sneak peek of this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition Game – DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE.

Click here to access the 2018-2019 UTC FIRST Grant Application.

Championship Bonus Grants:

United Technologies will provide a $2,000 grant to any UTC-funded FIRST Robotics Competition team that qualifies for a District Championship and a $2,500 grant to any UTC-funded FIRST Robotics Competition team that qualifies for the 2019 FIRST Robotics World Championship.