The BBVA Foundation expresses the social responsibility engagement of the BBVA Group, along with its firm commitment to the advancement of the societies where it does business. The central planks of the Group’s culture and strategy are the promotion of knowledge, digital technology and innovation, and scrupulous respect for the ethical principles characterizing the plural society of the 21st century, which it views as key drivers of ongoing value creation for people and a source of new opportunities and choices for individuals and groups.

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards, whose sixteenth 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 disciplinary areas and the emergence of new fields.

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.



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



  • Scientific or artistic societies and organizations a 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


Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • 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
  • Candidate’s curriculum vitae


Application Deadline: June 30, 2023

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Please contact the BBVA Foundation at the email address [email protected].
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