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

Read on for eligibility, benefits, and how to make sure they select you.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021.


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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.


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 or the fight against climate change. 

Awards may not be granted posthumously.

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Application Instructions

All nominations should be submitted using the dedicated form on the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards website:

Both nominations and the accompanying documentation must be submitted in English only. 

In the event that various organizations or individuals wish to jointly or coordinately submit a nomination, they should appoint a nomination coordinator who will merge all the materials into a single entry. 

The nominating institution or individual must provide the following information and documentation, as specified at the above web address: 

  • Award category for which the candidate is nominated 
  • Name of the nominating institution and officer/body, with the corresponding contact data (postal and email address, plus landline and cell phone numbers) 
  • Letter of nomination signed by the nominating officer/body 
  • Candidate particulars including institutional affiliation and contact data 
  • Description of the salient contributions of the candidate and reasoned arguments for the nomination (maximum of three pages, single spaced) 
  • Candidate’s curriculum vitae 

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About the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards, whose fourteenth edition is now open, recognize and reward world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of singular impact for their originality and significance. The name of the scheme is intended to denote not only research work that substantially enlarges the scope of our current knowledge – pushing forward the frontiers of the known world – but also the meeting and overlap of different disci-plinary areas and the emergence of new fields. 

The Frontiers of Knowledge Awards honor fundamental disciplinary or interdisciplinary advances across a broad expanse of the knowledge map of the 21st century. The areas addressed by this family of awards are: 

  • Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)
  • Biology and Biomedicine
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Climate Change
  • Economics, Finance and Management
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  •  Music and Opera

Key Dates and Order of Program

Application deadline is June 30, 2021

The nomination period opened January 1, 2021 and conclude at 23:00 GMT on June 30 of the same year. 

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge 

Awards will be decided before April 30, 2022. 

Step 1: Evaluation support panels 

The BBVA Foundation together with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) will appoint a support panel to evaluate the nominations received in each category of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards. These panels will be formed by leading experts in the area concerned, drawn from CSIC, universities, hospitals and other research, cultural or artistic centers. 

They will provide the BBVA Foundation with a reasoned rank order of finalists, which the Foundation will forward to the corresponding award committee, accompanied by a full list of entries and the scores assigned to each by reference to the best metrics of the subject area. 

Step 2: Committees

The eight committees will comprise experts of acknowledged prestige in the corresponding area and will be appointed by the BBVA Foundation. The chair of each committee will be designated by the current CSIC president from a list of between five and ten researchers or cultural practitioners drawn up by the BBVA Foundation. 

Since the Frontiers Awards in each category are intended to recognize specific contributions, the committees will take an integral view of the nominations received in favor of one or more persons or organizations, and may choose to merge two or more separate entries when it considers that they have made a convergent contribution to a given advance. 

In the case of nominations made up of several persons or organizations, the committee may also elect to confine the award to one or some of its members in recognition of their differential contribution. 

If a nomination is considered to be incomplete, in the sense of including only some of the persons or organizations generally acknowledged to be among the principal authors of the stated contribution, the committee will refrain from granting it the award. Nor will the committee be able to add the names of individuals or organizations in order to round off such nominations. 

The committee may reach its decision unanimously or by simple majority, with the corresponding modality put on record in the award certificate Committees’ decisions will in no event be open to appeal, including the decision to leave the award vacant. 

The composition of the support panel and award committee in each category, and the contents of the award certificate with the committee’s citation will be publicly disclosed through the BBVA Foundation website.

The Frontiers Awards will be presented at a formal ceremony to be held during June 2022 in the Euskalduna Conference Centre, Bilbao.

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