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Global Surgery Small Grants Scheme 2020

The RCS Global Surgery Small Grants Scheme is now closed for 2020.

The scheme supports the development or implementation of capacity-building projects in low and middle income countries through the provision of seed funding. Projects must address a clearly identified need and lead to sustainable and measurable improvements in the delivery of surgical care and outcomes. 

Projects that address the following priority areas are particularly encouraged:

  • Improving or widening access to safe and affordable surgery for women, children, rural and/or underserved communities
  • Adopting new technologies, including mobile phone technology
  • Fostering innovative or creative thinking and practice, for example, 'delivering surgery on a shoestring'; and
  • Adopting a 'whole surgical systems/workforce approach' by engaging the wider surgical team, i.e. nurses, midwives, anaesthetists, obstetricians, radiologists, pathologists, etc

Applications may be for new projects or existing programmes. Preference will be given to applications that lead to a longer-term collaboration with the RCS and relate to the theme Safer Surgery

Who is eligible to apply?

Healthcare institutions based in countries identified as World Bank Low Income and Lower Middle Income Countries.

UK-based individuals and healthcare institutions may be included as partners and may provide support in the design and implementation of a project, however, all applications must be submitted by an institution based in the country where the project will take place.

How can I apply?

If you would like to be notified when the grant scheme opens for the 2021 round, please register you interest. 


Grants will be awarded up to GBP 5,000.

Grants will be paid by bank transfer in GB pounds sterling in two instalments; 75% prior to commencement of the project, and the balance paid upon completion and submission of a written report.

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For all queries, please contact the RCS global office on

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