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Frontiers of Knowledge Award

The international BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize and encourage world-class research and artistic creation in the form of specific, outstanding advances, acknowledging contributions of lasting impact for their originality and theoretical significance. The awards are given in eight categories, with each award being worth €400,000. The categories are: Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics);Biomedicine;Ecology and Conservation Biology;Information and Communication Technologies; Economics, Finance, and Management; Contemporary Music; Climate Change; Development Cooperation (usually for organizations)

Nomination Process

A complete nomination package consists of the following:

  1. Completed nomination form, found online;
  2. a summary of each candidate’s achievements, including the reasons for his/her/their nomination (max. 1000 characters each).
  3. letter of nomination signed by the president of the university
  4. a description of the salient contributions of the candidate(s) and reasoned arguments for their nomination (one document per nomination; for multiple nominees, briefly describe the role of each in the achievement under consideration; max. four pages)
  5. candidate’s (or candidates’) CV(s)


Nominations must be approved by nominees’ department chair and dean, and by Rob Baker, Vice-President, Research. Approved nominations will be endorsed by President Patrick Deane. Contact to facilitate this process.

Final nomination submission deadline is June 28, 2018