BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards 2017 for Scientific Research and Cultural Creation


Application Deadline: 23.00 hours GMT on June 30 2017

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards seek to recognize and encourage world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of broad impact for their originality and theoretical significance. The name of the scheme is intended to encapsulate both research work that successfully enlarges the scope of our current knowledge – pushing forward the frontiers of the known world – and the meeting and overlap of different disciplinary areas.

The Frontiers Awards honor fundamental disciplinary or supradisciplinary advances in a series of basic, natural, social and technological sciences, as listed in the following paragraph. They also recognize creative activity of excellence in the classical music of our time. Finally, categories are reserved for two core concerns of early 21st century society, climate change and socioeconomic development cooperation, with awards going alternatively to outstanding research work or projects of a diverse nature that mark a significant advance in addressing these global challenges.

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards, to be given annually, take in the following prize categories:

  • Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)
  • Biomedicine
  • Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Economics, Finance and management
  • Contemporary Music
  • Climate Change
  • Development Cooperation

The period for submitting entries will open on January 1, 2017 and conclude at 23.00 hours GMT on June 30 of the same year.

Nomination shall be indirect and at the initiative of the office holders or governing bodies of:

  • Scientific or artistic societies or organizations
  • National or regional academies of the sciences or the arts
  • Public or private R&D centers
  • University departments and schools and university or research institutes
  • Hospital departments and biomedical research centers
  • Science museums
  • Conservatories and schools of music
  • Scholarly music and musicology journals
  • Orchestras and orchestra associations
  • Radio and television broadcasters running symphony or chamber orchestras
  • Public agencies and international, national or regional organizations substantially engaged in analysis and/or activities relating to climate change and development cooperation

Winners of the Nobel Prize in any of its categories and past winners of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards shall likewise be entitled to nominate. The BBVA Foundation may also invite nominations from researchers and creative practitioners who have made outstanding contributions in their respective fields.

The same institution may nominate more than one candidate without limitation of number, but no candidate may be nominated for more than one award category.

Candidates shall be one or more natural persons of any nationality, without limitation of number in the case of convergent contributions to a given advance, whether due to a formal collaboration (with the candidate(s) belonging to one or more groups) or parallel working.

In the Climate Change and Development Cooperation categories, entries are also open to agencies and organizations in the public or private sector (not-for-profit in the latter case) under the conditions stipulated in the preceding paragraph, providing their institutional or organizational purpose is to undertake activities to do with these two issues.

If you wish to make a nomination, please complete the online form below. During the process, you will be asked to provide the following information:

  1. Award category for which the candidate is being nominated.
  2. Name of the institution and nominating officer/body, with the corresponding contact data.
  3. Letter of nomination signed by the nominating officer/body.
  4. Candidate particulars including his/her institutional affiliation.
  5. A description of the salient contributions of the candidate and reasoned arguments for his/her nomination (maximum four pages, single spaced).
  6. Candidate’s CV.

If an entry refers to one or several research teams or various persons deemed to have made convergent contributions to a given advance as a result of parallel working, the nominating officer/body should provide the information referred to in points 4 and 6 for all members of the candidature. With regard to point 5, the nominator should provide a single descriptive text including a brief account of the role performed by each member.

In the event that various organizations (departments, institutes, etc.) or persons wish to put forward a nomination, they should appoint a nomination coordinator who will merge all the supporting documents and testimonials from diverse organizations or researchers into a single nomination

All documentation must be submitted in English.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards 2017



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