Research and Educational Grants

* Clinical Robotics Research Grants
* Technology Research Grants
* Clinical Robotics Fellowships
* Standalone Simulator Loans

Intuitive Surgical Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of grants to support Clinical Robotic Fellowships, Clinical Robotics Research Grants and Technology Research Grants.

Purpose: The purpose of these grants is to support clinical work and research in the field of robotics.

Successful Clinical Robotics Research Grant proposals will address important clinical questions or support clinically-relevant technology development. Awards are conferred on a competitive basis by submission of a grant application.

Technology Research Grants will support technology research in the field of surgical robotics, or related fields. Successful proposals will address clinically-relevant technology development. Awards will be conferred on a competitive basis by submission of a grant application.

The Clinical Robotics Fellowship grant program is changing for fellowship programs located within the United States for certain specialties. Intuitive Surgical will begin funding certain future robotic fellowship grants through neutral clearinghouses for the application, review, selection and support of surgical fellowships that are not directly linked to commercial concerns.

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS)/ Bariatric / Hepatobiliary/ Thoracic / and Colorectal fellowships should apply for funding through The Foundation for Surgical Fellowships (FSF)

Gynecologic fellowship applicants should apply for funding through the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL)

All Fellowships located outside of the United States and fellowships located in the Unites States for the following specialties (cardiac, OHNS and urogyn) can apply for funding through Intuitive Surgical Clinical Robotics Fellowship Grant program.

Standalone Simulator Loans are available for anyone interested in researching how to use new technologies for the training and development of robotic surgical skills. These equipment packages, consisting of a da Vinci Skills Simulator and not-for-human-use da Vinci Si Surgeon Console, will be loaned on a competitive basis by submission of a formal application.


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All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci® Surgery and other minimally invasive procedures.  Serious complications may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications which may require hospitalization include injury to tissues or organs, bleeding, infection or internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Risks of surgery also include potential for equipment failure and human error. Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: A long operation and time under anesthesia, conversion to another technique or the need for additional or larger incisions.  If your surgeon needs to convert the procedure, it could mean a long operative time with additional time under anesthesia and increased complications. Temporary pain or discomfort may result from pneumoperitoneum, the presence of air or gas in the abdominal cavity used by surgeons in minimally invasive surgery. Research suggests that there could be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Results, including cosmetic results, may vary.  Patients who bleed easily, who have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery. For more complete information on surgical risks, safety, and indications for use, please refer to Patients should talk to their doctors about their surgical experience and to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Other options may be available. Intuitive Surgical reviews clinical literature from the highest level of evidence available to provide benefit and risk information about use of the da Vinci Surgical System in specific representative procedures. We encourage patients and physicians to review all available information on surgical options and treatment in order to make an informed decision. Clinical studies are available through the National Library of Medicine at

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