PTC, a FIRST Strategic Partner, is proud to join forces with FIRST to build the engineers and innovators of tomorrow! We are also excited to announce that PTC is the official 2018-2019 FIRST Tech Challenge 3D Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Sponsor!
PTC provides all FIRST teams with software (Creo, Mathcad, Windchill, and Vuforia), services, and access to training material. PTC also provides grants to a select number of FTC and FRC teams.
2018-2019 FIRST FTC/FRC Team Grants Application will open on August 31, 2018. Other important dates to keep in mind:
- Application Submission Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2018
- PTC Grants Notifications: Friday, October 20, 2018
2018-2019 FIRST Team Grant Deadlines
We welcome applications from all FTC/FRC teams. Priority is given to teams with PTC mentors/coaches and teams co-sponsored by PTC customers, as well as, teams committed to making the FIRST community more equally representative in terms of gender, race, and background.
Application Submission Deadline: Sunday, September 30, 2018
PTC Grants Notifications: Friday, October 19, 2018
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Grant Policy
For the 2018-2019 FTC season, PTC will provide a limited number of $1,000 grants which will be distributed directly from FIRST to the team, and can be used for travel expenses, general robot expenses, computer needs, etc.
To receive the funding for this grant, you must first register your FTC team and pay the registration fee. The team is responsible for submitting the necessary documentation to FIRST (completed w9 form with tax ID & the re-granting documents).
For organizations/affiliations with multiple FTC teams, up to two teams per organization/affiliation are eligible for a PTC team grant. Each team will need to apply separately for a team grant.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Grant Policy
For the 2018-2019 FRC season, PTC will provide a limited number of $1,000 grants which will be distributed directly from FIRST to the team and will ideally be used for registration fees. However, the funds can be re-granted by FIRST for travel expenses, general robot expenses, computer needs, etc. If the team chooses to have the funds re-granted by FIRST, the funds become available after January 1, 2019 and the team is responsible for submitting the necessary documentation to FIRST (completed w9 form with a tax ID & the re-granting documents).
For organizations/affiliations with multiple FRC teams, only one team per organization/affiliation is eligible for a PTC team grant.
For FTC and FRC grants, the team commits to:
- Actively use at least one of PTC’s software solutions -- Creo (CAD), Mathcad (engineering calculations), Windchill (Product Lifecycle Management), and/or Vuforia (Augmented Reality).
- Provide a summary in this application of how the team has utilized the software in the past and/or plans to use the software this season.
- Display PTC's current logo on the robot, pit and website (and team shirts where applicable).
The individual completing this application commits to all the criteria outlined above. Failure to provide any of the requested information on this application could impact the decision whether to award a grant to your team. By submitting this application, your team understands there is no guarantee of a grant award by PTC now or in the future.
Teams that PTC sponsored in the past must reapply each year, meet the requirements outlined above, and be evaluated on the following criteria: whether the team is mentored/coached by a PTC employee, co-sponsored by a PTC customer, PTC software utilization, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.