BBVA Foundation: Frontiers of Knowledge Awards
The BBVA Foundation (the arm that is based out of Spain) Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities, and artistic creation. 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
- Ecology and conservation biology
- Climate change
- Economics, finance, and management
- Humanities and social sciences
- Music and opera
The climate change award recognizes both research endeavors in confronting this challenge and impactful actions informed by the best science. In humanities and social sciences, the award will alternate annually between these two disciplinary domains, with this twelfth edition dedicated to the social sciences. Finally, the music and opera category encompasses composition, instrumental and vocal performance, musical and stage direction, and video art creation associated with musical or operatic works.
Amount: Awards consist of 400,000 euros (approximately $458,000 U.S. dollars), 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.
Eligibility: Candidates may be one or more natural persons of any nationality 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. These may include:
- 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
- Other scientific, cultural, and environmental organizations
The awards program is international in scope.
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