The NSF Medical Mission Program

NSF provides support and advances it’s mission through a partnership model. Through our medical mission program, NSF partners with leading spine surgeons, NuVasive, Inc., nonprofits and in-country medical professionals/facilities to bring life-changing spine surgery to under-resourced communities around the world.

NSF provides the following support to it’s partners:

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

All mission trip team members generously volunteer their time and expertise out of the sheer love of giving back. All medical mission patients receive their care at zero cost to them. 

NSF is not a granting organization – Instead, NSF focuses on building partnerships to lead and support mission trips. NSF is solely focused on facilitating mission trips and does not engage in event sponsorship or related charitable donations. As a nonprofit, NSF funds mission trips through fundraising and utilizes donated product (instruments and implants) and services (neuromonitoring and product support) from NuVasive, Inc.

NSF Medical Mission FAQs

Does NSF give grants?

No. As a private operating foundation, NSF is legally bound to be directly involved in its charitable activities (the medical mission program) and does not give grants.  NuVasive, Inc. has a corporate grants program that is committed to supporting global independent research and professional continuing education activities that benefit the medical community and advance patient care in the area of spine. To learn more about this program, visit:

To contact the NuVasive Corporate Grants team, please email:

What is NSF’s relationship with NuVasive, Inc.?

NSF is a separate legal entity from NuVasive, Inc.  and NuVasive commercial interests play no role in partnership decisions. NuVasive generously donates hardware, technology and clinical services to support NSF medical missions.

What is the process to partner? 

NSF selects its medical mission partners 6-12 months prior to carrying out each trip. NSF will evaluate partner applicants using a matrix of factors, including, but not limited to: patient impact, partner experience, clinical credentials, sustainability, budget, timing, customs/shipping logistics and legal/compliance.

Partnerships are reviewed by NSF’s Board of Directors on an annual basis. Mission partnerships with NSF are a one-year commitment, unless otherwise decided upon.

Why is partnering critical for NSF’s success?

NSF embraces collaboration and partnership in order to leverage the best possible outcomes for the patients we set out to help. NSF works hand-in-hand with spine surgeons, NuVasive, Inc., local medical professionals, governments, hospitals and other nonprofits to break down financial, geographic and cultural barriers to ensure that patients around the world get the care they desperately need.

Medical mission partners provide continuity in clinical care and decision making at each site, while allowing NSF to focus on its strength: spine technology, training and service.

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.