BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

Date/Deadline: 30 Jun, 2021

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognise 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 recognises 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 fourteenth 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.

Award Information

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

Candidate requirements

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 organisations 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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