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The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge and Culture Awards for 2019 will recognize excellence and creativity in the 8 categories of:

  • 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 and
  • Music and Opera

The Climate Change award recognizes both research endeavors in addressing this challenge and impactful actions informed by the best science. In Humanities and Social Sciences, the award will alternate each year between these 2 disciplines, with this year’s 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.


The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge and Culture Awards will consist of €400,000, a diploma and a commemorative artwork in each prize category. In the event that an award is shared by more than 1 person, its monetary amount will be divided equally among all recipients.

The awards will be presented at a formal ceremony in Madrid on 18 June 2020, preceded by a gala concert held in Madrid’s Teatro Real on the evening of 17 June 2020.


Individuals of any nationality are eligible for nomination. Scientific or cultural organizations with exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge, cultural creation or the fight against climate change, are also eligible.

Nominations should be made by scientific or cultural organization or institutions, such as: 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 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, and other scientific, cultural and environmental organizations.

Winners of the Nobel Prize in any of its categories are eligible to nominate, as are past winners of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards. The BBVA Foundation may also invite nominations from researchers and cultural creators that have made outstanding contributions in their respective fields.

The same institution may nominate more than 1 candidate but candidates can only be nominated for 1 category.

Self-nomination is not permitted.


Nominations are to be submitted online by 30 June 2019.

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