Who can enter

Do you have a passion for surgical education or specialise in the creation of simulation technology?  

Who can enter?

Creating novel surgical training modules can only be achieved by multidisciplinary teams with experience in resource-constrained settings. We are looking for educators, clinicians, technology developers and creatives to collaborate and work together for innovative solutions We are looking for specialists in the following disciplines who have experience or familiarity with resource-constrained settings:

  • Surgical education specialists
  • Clinicians
  • Engineers, software developers
  • Artists, medical illustrators, designers


We anticipate many of you wishing to apply will already be working in such multidisciplinary teams.

However, if you are an individual from an related field, we will work with you to place you in a team suitable to take on the Challenge.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for the Global Surgical Training Challenge are as follows:

1. Team lead from a low-income or middle-income country – The Challenge is open to teams made up of individuals from any organisation or company, and from any country, not currently listed on the US Sanction List, as long as the project lead is based in a low or middle-income country, defined by the World Bank List.

2. Multi-disciplinary teams – Competing teams must have team members that fulfill at least three key roles – educator, clinician and technical expert. Where applicable, two roles can be fulfilled by the same person but multidisciplinary collaborations and clear sharing of responsibilities is strongly preferred. The team members will take ownership of the following responsibilities:

a. Educator – manages the pedagogical objectives of the training module, expert in the field
of skill acquisition and assessment.
b. Clinician – surgical practitioner with clinical experience in LMICs, who will contextualise
the design of the simulation training module with first-hand experience.
c. Technical expert – manages the development of the technology and materials needed
for the delivery of the simulation module.

3. Open-accessibility of solutions – all solutions created through the Challenge will be required to be freely available through a platform created by the Challenge. Further details given in the Terms and Conditions.

4. Entry to Finalist Awards and Grand Prize – applicants to the Finalist Awards are not required to have previously received a Discovery Award to be eligible. Thus participants who applied for a Discovery Award are still eligible to apply for a Finalist Award. However, only Finalist Awardees are eligible to apply for the Grand Prize.

5. Receiving Award funds – Awards and prizes from the Challenge are described as being made to individuals or teams, so as to promote their personal contribution. Money payments will however only be made to a viable Sponsor Institute as defined in the Challenge Terms and Conditions. We may provide support to help link teams to Sponsor Institutes if required. Please highlight this need in your application if applicable.

For more information, please read our Innovator Handbook.