1. Welcome

Welcome to the Individual Awards:  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 Individual Award
These awards support the training and development of specialists in rural areas, and for senior doctors practising in these areas. There are two groups of awards:

- Awards for registrars (MMeds) and Awards for senior medical doctors.
- Awards of up to R25 000 provide research support for registrars in family medicine and disciplines related to providing specialist services in rural areas.

Awards of between R250 000 and R500 000 support senior medical doctors who work in rural areas. These awards enable recipients to take sabbatical leave of three to six months to undertake training, conduct research or take part in other development activities.
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