BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards


What do these awards set out to recognize: a prestigious record of achievements or an important contribution?

An outstanding contribution to scientific research (in Basic Sciences; Biomedicine; Ecology and Conservation Biology; Information and Communication Technologies; Economics, Finance and Management) artistic creation (Contemporary Music) or analysis and/or material progress in the spheres of Climate Change and Development Cooperation.
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Who can nominate entries?

The following organizations working in the knowledge areas covered in each category, through the medium of their office holders or governing bodies:
  • 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
  • Scholarly music and musicology journals
  • Orchestras and orchestra associations
  • Radio and television broadcasters running symphony or chamber orchestras
  • Conservatories and schools of music
  • Public agencies and international, national or regional organizations substantially engaged in analysis and/or activities relating to climate change and development cooperation
Nominations are also invited from winners of the Nobel Prize in any of its categories and past winners of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards. The BBVA Foundation may also invite nominations from researchers and creative practitioners who have made outstanding contributions in their respective fields.
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Can the same institution nominate more than one candidate?

Yes, 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.
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Can I nominate myself?

No, self-nominations will not be accepted.
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What is the submission period for nominations?

From January 1, 2017 to 23.00 hours GMT on June 30 of the same year.
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What do I have to do to nominate a candidate?

Entries should be submitted using the Awards website, on:
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If I wish to nominate a candidate, what information should I have to hand before completing the online entry form?

  • Award category for which the candidate is being nominated.
  • Name of the institution and nominating officer/body, with the corresponding contact data.
  • Letter of nomination signed by the nominating officer/body.
  • Candidate particulars including his/her institutional affiliation.
  • A description of the salient contributions of the candidate and reasoned arguments for his/her nomination (maximum four pages, single spaced).
  • Candidate's CV.
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In what language should I submit my entry?

All documentation must be submitted in English.
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Once I have completed and submitted the online entry form, what comes next?

You will receive an e-mail from the BBVA Foundation confirming the acceptance of your entry and providing you with a reference number.
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What happens if the form I submit contains errors or is incomplete?

The BBVA Foundation will notify you to this effect, giving you a non-extendible period of thirty calendar days in which to rectify the information, so your entry may be accepted for consideration.
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Can I nominate a deceased person?

No, these awards cannot be granted posthumously.
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Once an award has been decided, will the name of the institution nominating the winner be publicly announced?

Yes, this information will be in the public domain.
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Who can be a candidate?

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 relating to climate change or development cooperation.
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Is it possible to present a joint candidature comprising more than one person?

Yes, there is no limit on the number of people included in a given entry so long as the candidates have made 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.
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What do the awards comprise?

Awards in each category will consist of €400,000 prize money, a diploma and a commemorative artwork.
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What happens with this prize money if a winning entry is made up of various persons?

In that case, the monetary award will be split equally among all members of the candidature.
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How will award entries be evaluated?

Entries will be evaluated in two stages: firstly, by technical evaluation committees and, secondly, by prize juries.
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What criteria will they be evaluated against?

Committees and juries will base themselves exclusively on the standards and metrics of excellence proper to each subject area.
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Who will form part of these technical evaluation committees?

Experts of proven distinction in the area concerned, appointed jointly by the BBVA Foundation and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
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Who will form part of the prize juries?

Eminent international experts appointed by the BBVA Foundation after conferring with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), which will also propose the chair of each jury.
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When will the awards be decided?

Before February 28, 2018.
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When will the award ceremony take place?

In June, 2018.
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What will happen if I am selected for an award?

The BBVA Foundation will contact you to inform you that you have won an award. If you accept, you will be expected to attend the presentation ceremony. You must also agree to provide an article within six months of being notified of the award decision, explaining the significance of your achievements in a manner accessible to a non-specialist readership and giving details of your research or professional background.
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And if an award goes to an organization?

It must furnish the following additional documents:
  • A certificate from the tax authorities accrediting its charitable or non-profit status.
  • A copy of the organization’s entry in the corresponding registry or, where appropriate, a copy of its founding documents.
  • A copy of its bylaws.
  • A copy of its tax identification number or code.
  • A note from its governing bodies confirming their acceptance of the award.
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If I wish to inquire about the name of a possible nominee, will the BBVA Foundation give me this information?

We regret that no such information may be given out. The BBVA Foundation will preserve the confidentiality of all documentation received and will not provide itemized information on the entrants in each award edition.
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I have submitted a nomination, but have not received an e-mail acknowledging receipt and providing a reference number. What should I do?

Contact the BBVA Foundation at the earliest opportunity at .
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Can I post a link on my website to

Yes, you may include links to any section of our website. No permission is needed, but we would be grateful if you could let us know by writing to .
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Are there copyright restrictions affecting the use of texts, photographs or drawings on the website

For copyright inquiries, please contact the BBVA Foundation at .
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If your question has not been answered here, feel free to direct your inquiries to the BBVA Foundation at the e-mail address . We will be happy to assist you.