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

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. Mission partners provide continuity in clinical care and decision making at each site, while allowing NSF to focus on providing its piece of the puzzle: spine technology, training and service. Our partnerships run on a sliding scale and are determined on a variety of factors including timing, impact and resource availability.

Does NSF give grants? 
NSF is not a granting organization and instead works closely with it’s partners to advance a shared mission.

Who are NSF’s target mission partners?
Committed spine surgeons or non-profit organizations who have the clinical expertise and skills to manage and oversee clinical decisions/planning for a mission site 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 and ruled on by NSF’s Board of Directors on a bi-annual basis. NSF is a separate legal entity from NuVasive, Inc. and NuVasive’s commercial interests play no part in the NSF partnership process. Due to the high volume of requests, NSF will not accept requests outside of the bi-annual application deadlines listed below. NSF encourages applicants to apply as early as possible and please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Mission Application Deadlines 2019-2020:  

  • Mission Trips scheduled between January – June 2019: Apply by December 14, 2018
  • Mission Trips scheduled between July – December 2019: Apply by May 17, 2019

Application Instructions: 

  1. Visit:
  2. Complete the online form – Please be as detailed as possible
  3. The NSF team will review your partnership request and reach out to confirm your request within 2-3 business days
  4. The NSF Board of Directors will review and rule on your request at either the December 2018 or June 2019 Board Meeting
  5. You will be notified of the BOD decision according to your application deadline:
    • Mission Trips scheduled between January – June 2019: Apply by December 14, 2018
      • Decision given by January 1, 2019
    • Mission Trips scheduled between July – December 2019: Apply by May 17, 2019
      • Decision given by June 15, 2019

I am a medical professional/surgeon and am interested in volunteering for an existing NSF mission trip, how do I apply?
Currently NSF has the ability to bring medical professional 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 medical professionals should fill out the online application form ( and the NSF team will follow up to discuss the upcoming opportunities further.

Who should I reach out to with questions?
For questions about the process or your application, please do not hesitate to reach out to

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.