SAFE funding application

The AAGBI’s Safer Anaesthesia from Education (SAFE) course has been developed collaboratively by AAGBI and the WFSA. It has been extensively piloted by a team of trainers under the leadership of the SAFE Steering group.

It is a modular three-day training course in obstetric or paediatric anaesthesia for physician or non-physician anaesthesia providers in low-income countries. Other variants are under development.  

The steering group invites applications for funding to deliver the SAFE course from appropriately experienced Faculty Leaders.  A Faculty Leader should have completed a SAFE train the trainer course and taught or attended a SAFE course previously. The SAFE trainer’s manual is available under a Creative Commons License. For quality control and to maintain standards the course should be delivered as set out in the manual with faculty of the recommended size and level of experience in relation to student numbers.  We ask users not to change the course materials. The AAGBI and WFSA are keen to see the SAFE course being widely used around the world in lower resource settings. SAFE courses have been delivered in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Columbia, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia.  We welcome applications for grant funding to run SAFE in other lower resource countries according to the criteria set out below. 

Applications for funding to deliver the SAFE course

All SAFE course proposals require consideration by the SAFE Steering Group. Please note this requires SAFE course applications to be submitted to the AAGBI prior to the grant application deadline stated below. Preference will be given to projects based in Africa.

Please ensure that you use the following application form for all SAFE Project funding requests - download the application form>>

Applications must be submitted in the name of the course/faculty leader, and include the names of all faculty members to be involved in the course who require funding. All individuals included in the application should be integral to the proposed course and their involvement must be described.

SAFE Steering Group meeting Dates of project Deadline for applications
25 January 2019 1 February 2019 - 1 February 2020 21 December 2018
29 March 2019 1 April 2019 - 1 April 2020 1 March 2019
21 June 2019 1 July 2019 - 1 July 2020 24 May 2019
31 August 2019 1 October 2019 - 1 October 2020 2 August 2019

Guidelines for applicants

  • All applications must be received electronically by the AAGBI prior to the deadline stated on the AAGBI website.
  • Typing your name at the end of the application form is classified as a signature and is treated as legally binding; hard copies of application forms are not required.
  • Applications will not be considered retrospectively, please ensure you apply for funding before the start of your course.
  • All SAFE course applications must be considered by the SAFE Steering Committee or other senior member of the AAGBI SAFE leadership team. SAFE course applications that have not been reviewed will not be considered.
  • Those holding trainee appointments should have a consultant (or equivalent) as referee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to organise this.
  • Applications from charitable organisations or NGOs must be submitted in the name of the organisation not the individual. 
  • Evidence is required of other funding applied for and to be raised
  • Applicants must ensure they have completed the form in full and attached all of the requested documentation outlined in the checklist noted on the final page of each application form.
  • Applicants who are successful are required to write a 500 word report including evaluation and feedback from participants in training to be uploaded to the AAGBI website.
  • UK faculty are expected to contribute to their own travel costs (50%), in line with the principles applied to IRC grants
  • Charitable financial contributions to other charities or organisations are excluded from funding applications