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

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

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities and artistic creation, as listed in point 2 of these call conditions.


  • Candidates may be one or more natural persons of any nationality, without limitation of number, that have made independent or convergent contributions to a given advance, whether due to a formal collaboration (with the nominees belonging to one or more groups) or parallel working.

  • The awards are also open to scientific or cultural organizations that can be collectively credited with exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge, cultural creation, the fight against climate change or the conservation of the natural environment.

  • Awards may not be granted posthumously.


    The disciplines and domains of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards are:

  • Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)

  • Biology and Biomedicine

  • Information and Communication Technologies

  • Climate Change and Environmental Sciences

  • Economics, Finance and Management

  • Humanities

  • Social Sciences

  • Music and Opera


  • The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards consist of 400,000 euros, a diploma and a commemorative artwork in each of their eight categories.

  • In the event that an award is shared by more than one person, its monetary amount will be divided equally among
    all recipients.

  • All awards, in whatever category, will be subject to the withholding and other taxes prescribed by current legislation, which will be deducted from their total amount.

    Nomination Procedure:

    Self-nomination is not permitted.

    Any scientific or cultural organization or institution can submit nominations, following their own internal procedures. Among them:

  • Scientific or artistic societies and organizations

  • National and regional academies of science or culture

  • Public or private R&D centers

  • University schools, departments or institutes and research or teaching institutes

  • Hospital departments and biomedical research centers

  • Schools of music

  • Orchestras, orchestra associations, opera theaters and opera associations

  • Public agencies and supranational, national or regional organizations substantially engaged in analysis and/or activities relating to climate change and environmental conservation
    Other scientific, cultural and environmental organizations

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards for Scientific Research and Cultural Creation

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