We promote outreach, training and research activities in the educational, scientific and cultural fields, and we also foster and support young talent. Over the course of our history, the Foundation has consolidated its position as the organiser of prestigious awards in different fields, as indicated below.

 

Banco Sabadell Foundation Prize for Economic Research

The Banco Sabadell Foundation gives out this award in recognition of the work of Spanish researchers in the fields of economic, business and social knowledge, in order to contribute to the analysis and formulation of alternatives that promote social welfare.

Call: open / Terms of the call

Winners 2022—2002

2022
Elena Manresa

A graduate in Mathematics from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia of Barcelona (2006), in 2014 she obtained her PhD in Economics at the Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI) of Madrid. Since 2017, she has been a professor in the Economics Department of New York University (NYU). Her research focuses on the field of econometrics, with an emphasis on panel data and the inclusion of machine learning and artificial intelligence methods, which enable the treatment of heterogeneity in empirical works in economics. Some examples include the study of the origins of the gender pay gap using Swedish administrative data, the quantification of the indirect effects of R&D among companies in the US, or the rationalisation of savings patterns in the US using the AHEAD survey.

2021
Prof. Mónica Martónez-Bravo

Doctor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and professor at the Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI), for her research work in the field of political economy and economic development and, in particular, for her contribution to the analysis of the factors that determine the degree of success or failure of democratic transition processes.

2020
Dr. Eduardo Morales

He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Law from Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. In 2006 he was awarded First Prize in the National Awards for Outstanding Law Graduates (“Premio Nacional de Fin de Carrera”), and Second Prize in the National Awards for Outstanding Economics Graduates. He was a professor at Columbia University and is currently a professor at Princeton University.

Dr. Eduardo Morales has been recognised for his research work on companies’ strategic decisions and how they contribute to their export performance and capacity for innovation. His line of research is focused on international trade with a particular interest in companies’ export performance.

2019
Irma Clots-Figueras

A graduate in Economics from the Pompeu Fabra University with a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She developed her academic career in the Economics Department of the Carlos III University in Madrid. She is currently a professor at the University of Kent. She is a prominent figure in the fields of political economy and development economics – areas in which she has covered a wide variety of topics, such as women’s involvement in politics, the importance of education for political leaders, costs and benefits of gender quotas and how education contributes to shaping identity.

2018
Laura Díaz Anadón

Dr Díaz Anadón has a joint honours degree in chemical engineering and German (MEng) from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge, Master's Degree in Public Policy (MPP) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Harvard University. She currently holds the chaired Professorship of Climate Change Policy at the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, she is a Bye-Fellow at Peterhouse College and a Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG). She is also a Research Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr Díaz Anadón received the award for her work on climate change, a project that combines core research with the development of public policy to guide the work carried out by governments and international organisations.

2017
Mar Reguant

Holder of a degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and a PhD in Economics from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) she has previously worked as an assistant professor at the University of Stanford, and she is currently a professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Her line of research is focused on the economics of energy and the environment. Doctor Reguant has studied the function of auctions in wholesale electricity markets from a theoretical and empirical perspective. In these auctions different electricity companies offer their available electricity capacity at different prices. She has also carried out successful research in environmental economics. In particular, she has studied the carbon markets, comparing different mechanisms to reduce pollution. Her research shows that competition policies increase the efficiency of environmental policies.

2016
Nagore Iriberri

Degree in Economics from the University of the Basque Country, and is a Doctor in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. She has been a research professor at the Pompeu Fabra University and is currently research professor at the University of the Basque Country. Her line of research is focused on the area of experimental economics and game theory applied to the study of social behaviour. A theme which stands out in her research is understanding individuals’ reasoning processes in strategic situations when they have not had the opportunity to learn from previous experiences.

2015
Victor Martínez de Albéniz

Holds a PhD from the Operations Research Center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) having studied engineering at the Polytechnic School in Paris and a master’s degree in Statistics and Economics at the Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance (ENSAE) in Paris. He is currently associate professor at IESE, where he has been undertaking his academic work since the year 2004. His line of research focuses on the field of operations management and, in particular, on the design and optimisation of global supply chains in the face of demand volatility.

2014
Natalia Fabra

Holds a degree in Economics from the Carlos III University in Madrid and is a doctor in Economics from the European University Institute of Florence. She is professor at the Carlos III University in Madrid and associate researcher at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Her line of research focuses on industrial economics and, especially, on the analysis of the regulation and competition of the energy markets. Professor Fabra is a reference point on an international level in the electrical sphere, a highlight being her research into the design of auctions for the generation and distribution of electrical energy.

2013
Gerard Padrò i Miquel

Holds a degree in Economics from the Pompeu Fabra University and a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been professor of the University of Stanford and is currently Chair Professor at the London School of Economics. The jury underlined his track record of research in the field of Political Economics, in which he has made important theoretical and empirical contributions to the economics of development.

2012
Emilio J. Castilla

A graduate in Economics from the University of Barcelona with a PhD in Sociology from the University of Stanford. He has been professor of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2005. The jury highlighted his track record of research in the field of economic sociology and his studies on the organisation of companies incorporating the analysis of social networks, professional careers and discrimination in the assessment of merit in organisations.

2011
Marta Reynal Querol

Holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE), a master’s degree from the Pompeu Fabra University and has worked as an economist for the World Bank. Since October 2009 she has been a researcher for ICREA and is a professor at the Pompeu Fabra University. Her research analyses the importance of the personal and psychological characteristics of leaders in corporate and country financial results, which allow a more comprehensive explanation of macroeconomic and corporate results as well as of the probability of observing conflicts.

2010
Jesús Fernández Villaverde

Holds a degree in Economics and Law from ICADE and a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota. He is a researcher for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He is the director of the FEDEA-Caja Madrid Chair and, since 2007, he has been professor in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. His line of research includes important contributions to macroeconomic analysis in the sphere of growth models, the labour market and fiscal policy, among others.

2009
Pol Antràs Puchal

Holds a degree in Economics from the Pompeu Fabra University and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a researcher for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and has been visiting professor at the MIT and at Princeton. Since 2007, he has been Chair Professor of Economics at Harvard University. His research work has been based on the analysis of factors that lead companies to externalise and relocate their production, creating their own subsidiaries rather than contracting out to local suppliers.

2008
Diego Puga

Holds a degree in Economic and Business Studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid and a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE). He has been professor at the University of Toronto and at the London School of Economics, researcher for the CREI (Pompeu Fabra University’s Centre for Research into the International Economy) and researcher at the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA). He is professor at the Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI) and co-director of the programme in International Commerce and Regional Economics at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He has incorporated, for the first time, the effects of general equilibrium and establishes the ways in which industrial concentration leads to salary differences between regions.

2007
Luis Garicano

Holds a degree in Economics and Law from the University of Valladolid, a master’s degree in Economic Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and a PhD from the University of Chicago. He is currently professor of Economics and Strategy at the London School of Economics and director of the McKinsey Chair at the Fundación de Economía Aplicada (FEDEA). His theoretical and empirical approaches to knowledge acquisition and transmission within companies, as well as his contribution to the design of offshoring models in the knowledge economy, earned him recognition from the jury.

2006
Javier Suárez

Javier Suárez holds a degree in Economics from the Complutense University and a PhD from the Carlos III University of Madrid. He has held the post of professor at the London School of Economics and is currently professor at the Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI). The jury acknowledged his research record in the field of economic knowledge, fundamentally in the areas of banking economics and business finance, and his merit as an economist of prestige who has developed his teaching and research career at Spanish academic institutions.

2005
Mauto F. Guillén

Holds a PhD in Economics and Business Studies from the University of Oviedo and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Yale. He is currently director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute, a research and teaching programme that combines business administration and international relations. He holds the Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professorship in International Management at the Wharton School and is also Chair Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and is on the Board of Advisors of Princeton University’s Sociology Department and at the Escuela de Finanzas Aplicadas. The Prize was awarded to him for his track record of research in the field of economic sociology and business administration.

2004
Roberto Serrano

Holds a degree in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid and a PhD from the University of Harvard. He is professor of Economics at the Brown University (Providence), and has been visiting professor at the Pompeu Fabra University, professor of Economics at the Complutense University of Madrid, associate researcher for the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA) and a visiting researcher at the CEMFI. The jury valued his research in the field of economic knowledge. Serrano is a world leader in his specialist area of game theory, where his work has consolidated him as one of the principal researchers.

2003
Jose Manuel Campa Fernández

Holds a degree in Economics and Law from the University of Oviedo and a PhD in Economics from Harvard. He was professor at the University of New York’s Stern School of Business, holder of the Grupo Santander Chair in Financial Institutions Management and professor in Corporate Governance at the IESE. He has worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Bank for International Settlements and has been Secretary of State for the Economy. He is currently chair professor of Management of Financial Institutions and Corporate Governance at the IESE (University of Navarra). The jury agreed to award him the prize for his brilliant track record in research in the field of economic knowledge, as well as his contribution to the analysis and the formulation of alternatives that promote social welfare.

2002
Xavier Sala i Martin

Holds a Degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Harvard. He has been visiting professor at the universities of Harvard and Pompeu Fabra, and associate professor at the University of Yale. He is currently Economics professor at the University of Columbia. The jury highlighted his outstanding research record in the field of the economics of economic growth and underlined his contributions to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Sala i Martín’s research focuses on public finances, social security and the monetary and international economy.

Banco Sabadell Foundation Prize for Biomedical Research

The Banco Sabadell Foundation gives out this award in order to recognise young researchers with an outstanding track record in the fields of biomedicine and health sciences who stand out in their respective specialties for their ability to innovate.

Call: open / Terms of the call

Winners 2022—2006

2022
Dr. María Mittelbrunn

Holder of a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid, she is a tenured scientist at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and lead researcher with the “Immunometabolism and Inflammation” laboratory at the Severo Ochoa Centre for Molecular Biology (CSIC-UAM) where she researches the contribution of immune cells to age-related diseases. She received an award for her research on the key role of the immune system in the control of organ and tissue ageing. Specifically, she demonstrated the early ageing of the entire body as a result of an alteration in cellular immunity.

2021
Dr. Guadalupe Sabio Buzo

A graduate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Extremadura with a PhD from the University of Extremadura in collaboration with the British Medical Research Council in Dundee (Scotland), recognised for her contribution to understanding why obesity causes cardiometabolic diseases.

2020
Dr. Guillermina López-Bendito

Undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alicante. PhD in Neurosciences. Since 2007, she has been leading her own laboratory and research group as CSIC scientific researcher at the Institute of Neurosciences within the Developmental Neuroscience Unit. Dr. López-Bendito has been recognised for her innovative contribution in the field of developmental neurobiology, making pioneering contributions to understanding the formation and plasticity of nerve connections during brain development, under normal conditions and in sensory deprivation models. Her research may inspire the design of tools capable of repairing defective neuronal connections in patients with congenital or acquired sensory deficits, such as some cases of blindness.

2019
Dr. Arkaiz Carracedo Pérez

Holder of a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Complutense University of Madrid. After a first postdoctoral stage at the New York and Boston lab of Prof Pier Paolo Pandolfi, he returned to Spain in 2010 to start his own independent research at CIC bioGUNE, with the initial support of the Ramón y Cajal programme and, since 2011, as Research Professor at Ikerbasque.

2018
Dr. Daniel López Serrano

Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Murcia. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University (United States), he led an independent research group at Würzburg University (Germany), with the prestigious role of ‘Young Investigator Group Leader’. Since 2014 he has led his own laboratory as a senior scientist at CSIC at the National Centre for Biotechnology.

2017
Dr. Borja Ibáñez

Graduate in medicine at the Complutense University of Madrid, and Doctor in Medicine at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Currently, he combines scientific activities by leading a research group at the Cardiovascular Research Centre (CNIC for its acronym in Spanish), with clinical activity through his role as an interventional cardiologist at the Hospital Universitario Fundación Jiménez Díaz. Furthermore, he also leads a group at the recently inaugurated CIBER for cardiovascular illnesses (CIBERCV for its acronym in Spanish). He has won awards in recognition of his contributions in the fight against cardiovascular diseases.

2016
Dra. Nuria López-Bigas

Holder of a degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona. She is currently an ICREA researcher professor at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona, where she leads and directs a laboratory dedicated to researching cancer genomes. Winner of awards for her contribution to the development of new bioinformatics methods for the study of cancer genomes. Her work has paved the way towards classifying patients suffering from cancer in accordance with mutations in their tumours, and to making progress in the implementation of individual therapies which are more closely adapted to each patient.

2015
Dr. Xavier Trepat

A physicist and engineer, researcher at ICREA (Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies) at the Bioengineering Institute of Catalonia (IBEC). He was the first to describe a new mechanism of physical relations between cells that can promote metastasis in cancer. With his team, formed by some 15 people, he has developed a new technology capable of measuring forces on a nanometric scale.

2014
Dr. Salvador Aznar-Benitah

Holds a degree in Biochemistry from McGill University in Montreal (Canada). Since 2013 he has been principal investigator at the Stem Cells and Cancer Laboratory of the Biomedical Research Institute (IRB Barcelona). The prize recognised his discovery of the influence of the circadian cycle on the behaviour of adult stem cells. A finding that has important implications in the fields of ageing and cancer.

2013
Dra. Almudena R. Ramiro

Graduate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid. PhD in Sciences and Extraordinary Prize for her Doctoral Thesis. Since 2011 she has led the B Lymphocytes Biology Laboratory at the National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC). Her research in molecular and cellular immunology has clarified fundamental processes in lymphocyte differentiation and biology, facilitating the treatment of autoimmune diseases.

2012
Ben Lehner

PhD in Biology from the University of Cambridge. Since 2006 he has been a researcher at the Genomic Regulation Centre of Barcelona (CRG) and has become one of the youngest group directors at the centre and one of the most brilliant scientists working in our country. Lehner and his team have contributed to understanding the causes of genetic mutations that cause diseases and the role that chance plays in their appearance.

2011
Dr. Óscar Fernández-Capetillo Ruiz

PhD in Biochemistry from the University of the Basque Country. Head of the Genomic Instability Group of the National Centre for Oncology Research (CNIO) in Madrid. Awarded the prize for his contribution to establishing the origin of cancer and, in particular, the mechanisms of damage to DNA caused by oncogenes.

2010
Dr. Eduard Batlle Gómez

PhD in Biology from the University of Barcelona. Research Professor of ICREA and Coordinator of the Oncology Programme and principal investigator of the Biomedical Research Institute (IRB Barcelona). Awarded the prize for his research work focusing on colon cancer.

2009
Dr. Joan Seoane Suárez

PhD in Biochemistry from Barcelona University. Research professor at ICREA and director of the Programme for Translational Research at the Vall d’Hebron Hospital Institute of Oncology (VHIO). He received the prize for his study of strategies for diagnosing and treating patients with cancer and, above all, brain tumours.

2008
Dr. Óscar Marín Parra

PhD in Biology from the Complutense University of Madrid. Since 2014 he has been director of the MRC Developmental Neurology Centre at King’s College London. He was awarded the prize for his work on the biological origins of mental diseases, based on knowledge of the development of the cerebral cortex.

2007
Dr. Benedicto Crespo-Facorro

PhD in Psychiatry from the Complutense University of Madrid. Director of the Psychosis Programme at the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital and consultant in the Psychiatry Service. He was awarded the prize for his capacity for innovation and his numerous studies related with the biological origins of schizophrenia making use of neuroimaging techniques.

2006
Dr. Manuel Serrano Marugán

PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Head of the Molecular Oncology Programme of the National Centre for Oncology Research (CNIO). Awarded the prize for his track record and contributions in the field of tumoural suppression to understand the phenomenon of cellular ageing linked to the production of tumours.

Banco Sabadell Foundation Award for Science and Engineering

The Banco Sabadell Foundation gives out this award, in collaboration with BIST (Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology), to recognise the work and careers of young researchers who stand out in their respective fields, such as mathematics, chemistry, physics and engineering.

Call: open / Terms of the call

Winners 2022—2017

2022
Dr. Samuel Sánchez

Holder of a PhD in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, he is a professor at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), team leader and deputy director at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Barcelona, Honorary Professor at HIT in Harbin, China, and Associate Professor at POSTECH, South Korea. He previously worked at Max Planck and Leibniz in Germany and Japan. He has received many accolades for his pioneering work in nanorobotics, and has been awarded four European Research Council (ERC) grants, including the Consolidator Grant that he currently receives. He has published more than 150 articles, presented more than 130 conferences and holds 7 patents, one of them licensed to the spin-off of which he is a founder.

2021
Dr. Ana Tajadura - Jiménez

Tenured professor at the Carlos III University of Madrid and holder of a PhD in Psychoacoustics from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, recognised for her research in the fields of engineering and applied acoustics. Her research focuses on the design of sensory technology to change people’s perception of their own bodies in real time, creating Body Transformation Experiences.

2020
Dr. Nanda Rea

PhD in Astrophysics from the Tor Vergata University of Rome. Since 2016, she has been a CSIC scientist at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC-IEEC) in Barcelona. Her research focuses on theoretical observations and simulations of neutron stars –the compact and highly magnetic remnants of relatively massive star supernova explosions.

Dr. Rea has been recognised for her contribution to the field of astrophysics, focusing her research on the study of a class of neutron stars with extremely intense magnetic fields: magnetars, a particular type of pulsars.

2019
Prof. David Pérez García

Holder of a PhD in Mathematics from the Complutense University of Madrid and member of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (ICMAT). After a few years at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, following his PhD, where he started to work on quantum information theories, he went back to the Complutense University in 2006 to establish the “Mathematics and Quantum Information” research team, which currently has 14 researchers. In 2018, he was appointed Corresponding Academician of the Royal Academy of Sciences.

2018
Prof. Rubén Martín

Prof. Martín has a Degree and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona. After five years working on his postdoctoral research in the field of organometallic catalysis, in 2008 he began his professional career at the Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ, Tarragona). In 2013 he was promoted to Associate Professor and subsequently to ICREA Research Professor. He is currently leading a research team of 17 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at ICIQ in Tarragona.

2017
Dr. Romain Quidant

Doctor in Physics at the University of Dijon (France). Since 2002 he has worked at The Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona (ICFO for its acronym in Spanish) in the field of nanoplasmonics, and since 2008 he has worked as a professor at ICREA, and is also the leader of a tenured group at ICFO. His area of research is focused on the study of the optical properties of nanostructures, known as nanophotonics. He has won awards for his contributions in the field of nanophotonics, which includes the creation and development of ‘nano optical tweezers’ which can trap particles as small as molecules and viruses without modifying them, which offers a very wide range of uses in the field of biomedicine.

Banco Sabadell Foundation Marine Sustainability Award

The Banco Sabadell Foundation gives out this award in order to recognize the work of Spanish scientists in the field of sustainability, in the sustainable exploitation of marine resources and in the regeneration of its natural capital.

Call: open / Terms of the call

Winners 2022—2022

2022
Oihane C. Basurko

A graduate in Environmental Sciences from the University of Girona, and holder of a PhD in the field of sustainability of marine technologies from Newcastle University (United Kingdom, 2010). Since 2010 she has been part of the team at AZTI where her work has focused on the development of solutions for the fisheries, aquaculture and shipping sectors, and for the regional, national and European authorities. Through her research she seeks to help others to adopt new patterns of behaviour, aimed at fostering sustainability and the circular economy, in relation to both marine litter pollution and decarbonisation.

ANFACO and Banco Sabadell Foundation Design Award

This Design Award, promoted by Anfaco-Cecopesca and the Foundation, recognises and fosters creative talent among young designers and offers them an opportunity to showcase their work. The winning design will be printed on the sleeves of tins used in the “Cata la Lata” campaign, which aims to encourage people to eat more tinned fish and seafood, over the coming year.

Call: open / Terms of the call

CIDOB and Banco Sabadell Foundation “Global Talent Programme”

This programme, promoted by CIDOB and the Foundation, aims to foster talent among young researchers with a paid research stay and two applied research awards. The programme is a firm embodiment of the commitment to support young, talented researchers and to promote high-quality research on an international scale.

Call: closed / Terms of the call