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This is a complete list of FIRST® Robotics Competition awards. Please note that different event types (e.g. Regional events, District Competitions, Championship) offer a different set of awards. Not every award is presented at every FIRST Robotics Competition event. Details by event type are available on the linked pages below.

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Important Award Deadlines

Award Submission Process Submitted By Deadline
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Any Team Member
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 11:59pm EST
Team Registration System
Student Award Submitter
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 3pm EST
Team Registration System
Student Award Submitter
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 3pm EST
Team Registration System
Adult Award Submitter
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 3pm EST

All Award Descriptions

Celebrates the team that has demonstrated consistent, reliable, high-performance robot operation during autonomously managed actions. Evaluation is based on the robot’s ability to sense its surroundings, position itself or onboard mechanisms appropriately, and execute tasks.

The most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.  See also: Chairman’s Award Resources.

Celebrates creativity in design, use of component, or strategy of play.

Celebrates the art of the digital animation and its close relationship to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).

Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.

Celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by recognizes a team that has developed a comprehensive business plan in order to define, manage, and achieve the team’s ongoing objectives.

Celebrates an elegant and advantageous machine feature.


Celebrates the Alliance that makes it to the final match of the competition.

Celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. See also: list of winnersFIRST Dean’s List Award Resources.

Founder's Award

Recognizes the organization or individual that has contributed significantly to the growth of FIRST.

Celebrates outstanding demonstration of FIRST Core Values such as continuous Gracious Professionalism® working together both on and off the playing field.

Highest Rookie Seed Award

Celebrates the highest-seeded rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds.

In honor of Jack Kamen, Dean’s father, for his dedication to art and illustration and his devotion to FIRST. This award celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance.

Celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge.

Celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components – electrical, mechanical, or software – to provide unique machine functions.

During the course of the competition, the judging panel may decide a team’s unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition.

Celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication.

Celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology.

Celebrates a rookie team’s outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school, as well as in their community.

Celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. 

Recognizes the team that submits a short animated film that best promotes the current season’s team safety focus. Please visit the Safety Page for more information about this award.

Celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork furthering the objectives of FIRST.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Presented to an individual, business, or organization that consistently excels in their efforts, with proven results in the areas of impact, leadership, personal commitment, community, and historical contributions.


Celebrates the Alliance that wins the competition.

Presented to an outstanding Mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills.