The NSF Mission Trip Program

Through our Mission Trip Program, NSF partners with leading spine surgeons, NuVasive, Inc.®, in-country medical professionals, governments, hospitals and other nonprofits to facilitate mission trips that bring life-changing spine surgery, training and technology to under-resourced communities around the globe. Thanks to collaboration with our mission partners, NSF facilitated more than 250 life-changing surgeries in thirteen countries around the world in 2018.

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Why partner?

NSF strongly believes in the power of strategic mission partnerships that break down financial, geographic and cultural barriers to ensure that patients around the world get the care they deserve. Our partnerships run on a sliding scale and are determined on a variety of factors including timing, impact and resource availability. Learn more about NSF Mission Partnerships→

As a partner, NSF can provide:

  • Mission planning & logistics
  • Funding (travel, surgical supplies and shipping/customs)
  • Donated NuVasive products (instruments and implants)
  • Donated neuromonitoring services
  • Volunteers

Learn more and how to apply→


Application Instructions:

  1. Complete the application form – Please be as detailed as possible.
  2. The NSF staff will review your request for grant eligibility.
  3. If eligible, your request will be reviewed and decided on by the NSF Grants
  4. You will be notified via email regarding the committee’s decision.
  5. If approved, you will work with NSF staff to fulfill your approved grant.

Please Note: Requests must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the mission date.

Questions? Please contact, Jamie Hagan: 858.766.1426 or

Please Note: This NSF funding request form is for grants in support of nonprofit organizations focused on providing life-changing spine surgery in disadvantaged communities across the globe. If you have a request that is in support of a research project, educational event, or fellowship program directly related to spine, please visit NuVasive Corporate Grants.