The Abarca Prize

What does Abarca Prize
recognise exactly?

Abarca Prize recognises the work of a scientist of international renown who has made a biomedical discovery of global significance, and whose professional career has contributed in a transcendental manner to the improvement of people’s health. All this must have been done in accordance with the humanistic and professional values that Dr Juan Abarca has upheld throughout his personal and professional life: values dedicated to furthering the health and well-being of his patients.

What does the prize consist of?

It consists of a cash prize of €100,000 and a certificate for the winner.

How can I submit my application?

The period of submission of candidatures for the II Edition will be announced soon.

Who can nominate someone
for the Abarca Prize?

Companies, foundations, researchers, universities, hospitals, professional associations, scientific societies and royal academies can nominate a scientist who has made a transcendental biomedical discovery that has improved people’s health worldwide.

Do the submissions need
to be in a certain language?

All documentation regarding nominations must be submitted in Spanish or English.

Who selects the winner?

The winner is chosen by a jury whose members have been appointed by Fundación de Investigación HM Hospitales and who come from a range of professional profiles (scientific, clinical and other fields) and nationalities. The jury ensure that the recipient has made a significant global scientific contribution to human health.

What does the nomination
process involve?

In the first edition of Abarca Prize, the period for the first stage of the nomination process were opened open from 1 April 2022 until 2 pm (CET) on 31 May 2022. Individuals or entities have submitted a nomination by sending a letter of intent explaining the reasons why the person nominated qualifies for the prize and embodies its values.
Once the deadline for submissions passed, Fundación de Investigación HM Hospitales assessed whether those received meet the prize’s terms and conditions as well as the suitability of those nominated. Fundación de Investigación HM Hospitales then submitted a shortlist of up to five nominees for final selection by the jury.

Is it possible to nominate
someone posthumously?

No, it is not possible to nominate someone posthumously. This is one of the basic requirements set out in the prize’s terms and conditions.

If a group of researchers is responsible for a particularly important discovery, can the whole group be nominated for Abarca Prize?

No, Abarca Prize rewards the work of an individual scientist of international renown whose biomedical discovery is of worldwide significance and whose professional career has contributed in a transcendental manner to improving people’s health.

Can someone who is not currently practicing medicine apply?

Yes, because the prize recognizes those works or activities carried out prior to the call-in question.