More than 300 researchers awarded by the BBVA Foundation with the Leonardo Scholarships now integrate the Leonardo Network, an instrument that will facilitate the exchange of ideas and content in the physical space and in the digital domain, through the web 'www. redleonardo.es' which will also serve to follow the trajectories of scientists.
This initiative that was born from the Leonardo Scholarships – which takes its name from inspiration in the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci – emerges to give "one more step" towards the goal of "assessing the capacity of each area to enrich life of all ", according to the BBVA Foundation.
The Network will contribute to give visibility in the public space to the community of researchers and creators of excellence that the Leonardo Scholarships have brought out and that can serve as a reference and inspiration for those who are taking the first steps of their professional life.
After five calls (2014-2018), the scholarship program has held this Wednesday in Madrid the I Meeting of this Network, which has brought together almost 200 scholars from all over Spain, as well as members of the expert evaluation committees that each call rigorously evaluate the candidatures.
In the first five calls for the Leonardo Scholarships, between 2014 and 2018, more than 9,000 applications have been received and a total of 308 scholarships worth 10.5 million euros have been awarded. The evaluation is carried out by specific commissions in each of the 11 areas of knowledge covered by the program: Basic Sciences; Biology, Environmental and Earth Sciences; Biomedicine; Technology of the information and communication; Engineering and Architecture; Economy and Social Sciences; Communication and Information Sciences; Humanities; Plastic Arts and Digital Art; Music and Opera; and Literary Creation and Theater.
The Leonardo Scholarships – initially called Individual Grants for Researchers and Cultural Creators – were created in 2014 by the BBVA Foundation to encourage people between 30 and 45 years of age, in an intermediate stage of their careers, who combine a solid trajectory and a great growth potential. "Regardless of their work or hierarchical position, these professionals are the engine of science and culture and, however, were not sufficiently served," says the entity.
The scholarships are designed to make personal projects that address in an innovative way challenges of research and cultural creation. As explained in its bases, its purpose is "to contribute to the generation of knowledge in its broadest sense, from basic research and the development of technological applications, to philosophical speculation and artistic reflection".