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The BBVA Foundation expresses the corporate social responsibility of the BBVA Group, in particular, its commitment to the advancement of the societies where it conducts its business activity. This responsibility and commitment have given rise to an extensive body of work in diverse knowledge areas.

The promotion of knowledge based on research and artistic and cultural creation, and the interaction of these domains, forms a core strand of the BBVA Foundation’s work program. The most effective way to increase the degrees of freedom available to individuals and expand our collective choices is to continually enlarge and reinvent our cultural fabric and the frontiers of inherited knowledge. The three main thrusts of the Foundation’s work are accordingly support for scientific research and cultural creation (through grants for individuals and teams), the dissemination of knowledge and culture, and the recognition of talent and innovation through diverse families of awards.

The Foundation focuses its activity on the analysis of emerging issues in five strategic areas: Environment, Biomedicine and Health, Economy and Society, Basic Sciences and Technology, and Culture. The BBVA Foundation designs, develops and funds research projects in these areas; facilitates advanced, specialist training through grants, courses, seminars and workshops; organizes award schemes for researchers and professionals whose work has contributed significantly to the development of knowledge; and communicates and disseminates such new knowledge through publications, lectures and debates.


The presiding values of the BBVA Foundation are scientific objectivity and independence in decision making, innovation, the pursuit of excellence and an accent on the horizontal and global issues of the day.

  • Promote knowledge as the most effective means to address the challenges facing contemporary society (environmental protection, sustainable development, healthcare, demographic change, globalization, social integration and innovation at the service of expanding opportunities for all members of society). The BBVA Foundation sees knowledge as the cornerstone of all its activities, aware that the main obstacle to solving today's problems is a failure to detect and understand their causes.
  • Open new spaces for encounter between the worlds of research and decision making, in both the public and the private domain.
  • Foster interdisciplinary research on the emerging issues of the 21st century, which express the concerns and aspirations of our society and may determine its future course.
  • Ensure that the results of the research work and innovative projects supported by the BBVA Foundation are relayed directly to society, in a proactive manner, and to this end enlarge the channels and media through which its activities are publicized (in print publications or the electronic space). The fruits of research can thus be placed at the disposal of the wider public.
  • Address the global issues - transcending national boundaries - which confront the globalized society of our times.
  • Develop a model of activity which is sensitive to the opportunities yielded by new information and communication technologies.