National Research Awards and National Youth Research Awards

National Research Awards

The National Research Awards recognise the merit of Spanish researchers who perform outstanding work in scientific fields of international relevance and make a significant contribution to the advancement of scientific knowledge and the progress of humanity.

The National Research Awards were launched in 1982 with the "Santiago Ramón y Cajal" National Research Award, and since then, other categories have been established. There are currently ten categories corresponding to the following areas of knowledge:

  • "Santiago Ramón y Cajal" National Research Award in the field of Biology (since 1982).
  • "Ramón Menéndez Pidal" National Research Award in the field of Humanities (since 1983).
  • "Leonardo Torres Quevedo" National Award in the field of Engineering (since 1983).
  • "Gregorio Marañón" National Research Award in the field of Medicine (since 1997).
  • "Enrique Moles" National Research Award in the field of Chemical Science and Technology (since 2001).
  • "Alejandro Malaspina" National Research Award in the field of Natural Resources Sciences and Technologies (since 2001).
  • "Julio Rey Pastor" National Research Award in the field of Mathematics and Information and Communication Technologies (since 2001).
  • "Juan de la Cierva" National Research Award in the field of Technology Transfer (since 2001).
  • "Blas Cabrera" National Research Award in the field of Physical, Materials and Earth Sciences.
  • "Pascual Madoz" National Research Award in the field of Law and Economic and Social Sciences (since 2002).

The National Research Awards are granted through a competitive procedure in accordance with the principles of publicity, transparency, objectivity, equality and non-discrimination. The procedure begins with the publication of the call for applications in the Official State Gazette. Some or all of the categories listed above may be called.

Candidatures may only be presented by the institutions or persons specified in each call for applications and may not be submitted by the candidates themselves. Candidates must have completed a significant part of their research career in Spain and be involved in relevant and internationally recognised work at the time of presenting their candidatures.

National Youth Research Awards

With a firm commitment to fostering scientific vocations and acknowledging the merit of Spanish female researchers who have made significant achievements in the early stages of their careers, the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities has created the National Research Awards for Young People to highlight the outstanding work and scientific contributions of Spanish female researchers up to the age of 40.

There are ten award categories named after distinguished female researchers who have excelled in their respective fields, corresponding to the following areas of knowledge:

  • "Margarita Salas" National Research Award in the field of Biology.
  • "Matilde Ucelay" National Research Award in the field of Engineering and Architecture.
  • "María Moliner" National Research Award in the field of Humanities.
  • "Gabriela Morreale" National Research Award in the field of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  • "Ángeles Alvariño" National Research Award in the field of Natural Resources Sciences and Technologies.
  • "Felisa Martín Bravo" National Research Award in the field of Physical, Material and Earth Sciences.
  • "Maria Teresa Toral" National Research Award in the field of Chemical Science and Technology.
  • "Ángela Ruiz Robles" National Research Award in the field of Technology Transfer.
  • "María Andresa Casamayor" National Research Award in the field of Mathematics and Information and Communication Technologies.
  • "Clara Campoamor" National Research Award in the field of Law and Economic and Social Sciences.

The National Youth Research Awards are granted through a competitive procedure in accordance with the principles of publicity, transparency, objectivity, equality and non-discrimination. The procedure begins with the publication of the call for applications in the Official State Gazette. Some or all of the categories listed above may be called.

Candidatures may only be presented by the institutions or persons specified in each call for applications and may not be submitted by the candidates themselves. Candidates must be no more than 40 years of age and be involved in relevant and internationally recognised work in a Spanish institution at the time of presenting their candidatures.

Premios Nacionales de Investigación para Jóvenes

El Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades, con el firme propósito de fomentar las vocaciones científicas y reconocer el mérito de aquellas personas investigadoras españolas que hayan alcanzado logros relevantes en las primeras etapas de sus carreras, ha creado los Premios Nacionales de Investigación para Jóvenes dirigidos a poner en valor el trabajo sobresaliente y las contribuciones científicas de personas investigadoras españolas con edad máxima de 40 años.

Existen 10 modalidades de premios, que llevan el nombre de mujeres investigadoras ilustres, sobresalientes en cada una de sus respectivas áreas de conocimiento, correspondientes a las siguientes áreas de conocimiento:

  • Premio Nacional de Investigación “Margarita Salas”, en el área de biología.
  • Premio Nacional de Investigación “Matilde Ucelay” en el área de ingenierías y arquitectura.
  • Premio Nacional de Investigación “María Moliner”, en el área de humanidades.
  • Premio Nacional de Investigación “Gabriela Morreale”, en el área de medicina y ciencias de la salud.
  • Premio Nacional de Investigación “Ángeles Alvariño”, en el área de ciencias y tecnologías de los recursos naturales.
  • Premio Nacional de Investigación “Felisa Martín Bravo”, en el área de ciencias físicas, de los materiales y de la tierra.
  • Premio Nacional de Investigación “Maria Teresa Toral”, en el área de ciencia y tecnología químicas.
  • Premio Nacional de Investigación “Ángela Ruiz Robles”, en el área de transferencia de tecnología.
  • Premio Nacional de Investigación “María Andresa Casamayor”, en el área de matemáticas y tecnologías de la información y las comunicaciones.
  • Premio Nacional de Investigación “Clara Campoamor”, en el área de derecho y ciencias económicas y sociales.

La concesión de los Premios Nacionales de Investigación para Jóvenes se realiza mediante un procedimiento de concurrencia competitiva, conforme a los principios de publicidad, transparencia, objetividad, igualdad y no discriminación. El procedimiento se inicia con la publicación de la convocatoria en el «Boletín Oficial del Estado», pudiendo convocarse algunas o todas las modalidades indicadas.

Las candidaturas solo pueden ser presentadas por aquellas instituciones o personas que se determinen en cada convocatoria, no siendo posible la presentación por las propias personas candidatas. Las personas candidatas deberán tener una edad máxima de 40 años y estar desarrollando una labor relevante y reconocida internacionalmente en una institución española en el momento de la presentación de sus candidaturas.

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