1. Welcome

Welcome to Discovery Foundation: Distinguished Visitor, Discovery Foundation Awards for Healthcare in Rural Areas application form. The closing date for applications is 15 January 2020. 
The Discovery Foundation is an independent trust with a clear focus to strengthen the healthcare system by ensuring that more people have access to specialised healthcare services. In the first decade since its inception, the Discovery Foundation has invested over R234 million in grants to support academic medicine through research, development and the training of medical specialists in South Africa. Its aim is to invest R300 million towards specialised healthcare services over 20 years.
The Discovery Foundation aims to address the shortages and quality of healthcare in rural areas in South Africa. It does so by providing grants to senior doctors, registrars in training, and specialists in family medicine and other major clinical disciplines that deliver and support healthcare services in rural areas.

The Discovery Foundation also focuses on building the capacity of institutions and supporting institutional partnerships through direct institutional award.
The grant
Awards are made in three main categories:
  • Individual Awards
  • Institutional Awards
  • Distinguished Visitor Awards.
This application is for the Distinguished Visitor Award. 
Distinguished Visitor Awards Grants of up to R250 000 are provided to institutions providing services to rural beneficiaries through experienced clinicians (retired or still in active practice) who can provide clinical guidance and mentorship for healthcare in rural areas. In each case, the institution will secure an agreement with the receiving health service and use the funding to support such visits.
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