The innovative projects of 59 researchers and creators will become a reality thanks to support the Leonardo Scholarships 2021, a program to promote science and culture created by the BBVA Foundation in 2014 in order to help generate knowledge in a wide range of specialties. The 9 areas of the call have the same weight in the Leonardo Program, understanding that all of them contribute to the creation of a scientific and cultural envelope that encourages innovation in society, according to the foundation.
The 59 scholarship recipients selected in this call have an average age of 38 years. The professional categories of the scholarship recipients correspond to the intermediate stage of the careers to which this grant program is directed: 24 are contracted researchers, 8 are full professors, 6 are doctoral assistant professors and 5 are contracted doctoral professors. Among those selected in the categories of cultural creation there are 5 writers, 3 composers and 3 conductors.
The Leonardo Program, conceived eight years ago, is aimed at promoting talent and originality with two differential characteristics, explains the foundation. The destination of the funds of each of the scholarships, endowed with 40,000 euros, is adjusted without any limitation to the different individual requirements raised by each applicant, welcoming and respecting both the variability between specialties, as well as the different requirements of the development of the projects , which can be carried out in a period of between 12 and 18 months.
After evaluating the more than 1,200 applications submitted to this eighth edition, 9 commissions made up of a total of 123 experts have agreed to award 59 scholarships that will address projects in a wide spectrum of scientific, humanistic and artistic disciplines, according to the BBVA Foundation. The 59 selected in this call expand the Leonardo Network, a community of excellence that with the new edition now reaches a total of 482 researchers and creators.