In 2010, the BBVA Foundation continued to develop its commitment to the generation and dissemination of knowledge through support to cutting-edge scientific research and the most innovative Spanish and international creation: economy and society, the environment, biomedicine and health, basic science and technology. One of the highlights since 2008 has been the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards. Through these awards, the Foundation recognizes scientific and artistic contributions that have extended the frontiers of knowledge and increased the possibility of a better future for society. The prize money totaled €400,000 for each of the eight categories.

The disciplines they cover and their monetary reward make these the second most important awards in the world after the Nobel Prizes. In their three years (2008, 2009 and 2010) they have earned a position among the most important awards in terms of their relevance and impact on an international scale. In 2010, the repercussion of the 2009 prize-giving ceremony was a milestone due to its extensive coverage in the media. There were live broadcasts on a number of TV channels, and it was preceded by an extraordinary concert.

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