The Mission Trip Program:

Through the Mission Trip Program, NSF partners with leading spine surgeons, NuVasive, Inc., in-country medical professionals, governments, hospitals and other nonprofits 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.

NSF Supported Mission FAQs

How does a non-profit/surgeon get involved with NSF?

  1. Become a supported mission partner: A representative from the non-profit or the surgeon leading the mission trip can visit: and click the green button “Apply for Support”. The online application will ask about the organization leading the trip, the mission details (location, date, team, types of surgeries, etc.) and the support needed from NSF. The application is then reviewed and decided on by NSF’s Board of Directors considering, impact, budget, schedule, legal and compliance factors.  If approved, NSF will ask “Partnership Agreement” outlining their partnership with NSF and the support they will receive for the approved supported mission(s).
  2. Apply to attend a mission the NSF is already running: Currently NSF, has the ability to bring surgeons to its Honduras and Mexico mission sites. We are actively working with our mission partners to open up more opportunities in other locations in 2019. Interested surgeons should fill out the online application form ( and the NSF team will follow up to discuss the upcoming opportunities further.

Who are our target mission partners?
Committed spine surgeons or organizations led by spine surgeons/related medical professional who have the clinical expertise and skills to manage and oversee clinical decisions/planning including, but not limited to: patient selection, procedures, patient outcomes and OR safety.

How are mission partners selected?
Mission partners apply for partnership through the NSF website. Applications are reviewed by NSF’s Board of Directors on a quarterly basis. Mission partnerships with NSF are a one year commitment, unless otherwise decided upon.

Why are mission partners 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 deserve.

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.

Does NSF give grants?
As a private operating foundation, NSF is legally bound to be directly involved in its charitable activities (the mission trip 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:

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.