FIRST welcomes new members. There are two categories of membership:
Only Full Members have voting rights and discounted event registration fees. Both types of members are able to enjoy other benefits of FIRST membership, such as access to the FIRST MISP instance, Slack Workspace, Groups and mailing lists, and other services.
New members must be sponsored by existing Full Members of FIRST who draft letters of support stating how they know/have worked with the applicant:
A detailed guide on Membership Process for full member teams can be found here.
TO APPLY TO FIRST: Please start here by completing the Membership Interest Form.
The Secretariat will begin the review process at the end of each month. The Membership Committee will review prior to posting for comments from the membership. The Board will review/approve applications during their monthly meeting and approved teams will be notified and invoiced.
The Membership year runs from January until December.
|Type of membership||Cost (2023)||Cost (2024)|
|Full Member annual membership||US$ 2000||US$ 2800|
|Liaison Member annual membership||US$ 100*||US$ 100*|
The membership fee is subject to change each year.
The membership fee is not refundable upon membership termination.
*In 2020, the FIRST Board voted to reduce the liaison fee to $100. As a result, the liaison discount for the annual conference registration was discontinued.
An applying FIRST team must pay an initial one-time application fee of US$ 1,000 after its membership is confirmed. This fee only applies to full memberships, not to liaison memberships.
A new member is invoiced when the member is joining FIRST, for:
Full Members: the initial one-time application fee, if applicable the per month pro-rated amount of the annual fee (a team only pays the part of the annual fee for the remainder of the membership year)
Liaison members: $100 for remainder of the FIRST calendar year (Jan-Dec) regardless of month joined.
Invoices are sent as PDF per e-mail to the member's FIRST representative and are available for download on the FIRST Portal under Billing & Payment. FIRST does not manage third party invoicing software. Processing and payment of the FIRST invoice is the responsibility of the member.
Full Member payments can be done by:
Liaison Member payments should be processed by credit card.
All details on payment are specified on the invoices that are sent out, or available on request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Employer Identification Number:
First.Org, Inc. FEIN 38-3943584
FIRST Secretariat email@example.com