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The Princess of Asturias Foundation is a non-profit, private institution whose essential aims are to contribute to extolling and promoting those scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of the universal heritage of humanity and to consolidate the existing links between the Principality of Asturias and the title traditionally held by the heirs to the Crown of Spain.
HM King Felipe VI was Honorary President of the Foundation since its creation in 1980 until his proclamation as King of Spain on 19th June 2014, following which HRH Leonor de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias, became the Honorary President of this institution which annually convenes the Princess of Asturias Awards.
Aimed at rewarding the scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out at an international level by individuals, institutions or groups of individuals or institutions, these awards are granted in eight categories: the Arts, Social Sciences, Communication and Humanities, Concord, International Cooperation, Sports, Technical and Scientific Research, and Literature.
The Awards are presented at a solemn ceremony held each year at the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo.
The Princess of Asturias Foundation hereby issues a public call for nominations for the 2023 Princess of Asturias Awards, which shall be governed by the following Regulations approved by its Board of Trustees.
The Princess of Asturias Foundation convenes the Princess of Asturias Awards.
The Princess of Asturias Awards are to be conferred on those individuals and/or institutions that contribute to progress and social well-being in an extraordinary and exemplary way through their work and merits in scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian fields.
Furthermore, the repercussions of this work should always be considered in the broadest sense; that is, its contribution to the field should be of international scope and/or be acknowledged at an international level, be longstanding and, hence, unquestionably appropriate.
Each Princess of Asturias Award is endowed with:
Nominations may be submitted by:
The following candidatures shall not be accepted in any case whatsoever:
In each and every case, the decision as to whether nominations comply or not with the requirements established in these Regulations, and hence the suitability of the candidatures, ultimately lies with the Princess of Asturias Foundation. Said decision is not open to appeal.
As established in the Presentation section in Article 3 of these Regulations, should Laureates from previous years and/or jury members submit nominations, they may do so up until 6 calendar days before the date of convening the jury corresponding to the category for which such nominations are submitted. This date will be announced on the Foundation’s website (www.fpa.es/en).
The official nomination form may be accompanied by as many documents, references and audiovisual materials as desired with the aim of accrediting the merits of the proposed candidature.
Expressions of support and endorsements considered appropriate may likewise be submitted. The deadline for submitting such expressions of support is 22nd March 2023 (up until 11:59pm Spanish time, GMT+1).
In the case of nominations submitted by Laureates from previous years or jury members, the deadline shall be 6 calendar days prior to the date of convening the jury corresponding to the category for which any such nomination is submitted. This date will be announced on the Foundation’s website (www.fpa.es/en ).
Said expressions of support may be sent to the following email or postal addresses:
The Princess of Asturias Foundation does not enter into any form of correspondence whatsoever regarding the documentation received nor is this returned.
The Princess of Asturias Awards Ceremony is traditionally held in Oviedo (Principality of Asturias, Spain) during the second fortnight of October.
Upon accepting the Award, Laureates will undertake to participate in the activities and events organized by the Foundation on the days immediately prior to and following the Awards Ceremony.
Laureates who do not attend the Awards Ceremony will only receive the diploma of accreditation.
The Juries, one for each category, are appointed annually by the Princess of Asturias Foundation in accordance with the criteria approved by its Board of Trustees. The members of the Juries may not hold office in the Spanish government or be members of any of the higher institutions of any State.
Each jury shall have a chairperson and an acting secretary. Both shall be appointed by the Princess of Asturias Foundation and shall have voice and vote.
The chair will organize and channel the jury’s deliberations and voting. The acting secretary will ensure compliance with the Regulations.
The jury will hold its meetings over two consecutive days. The decision conferring the award shall be announced via the public reading of the Minutes of the jury on the second day set for these meetings. This will normally be done by the chair.
Juries are subject to the Princess of Asturias Foundation’s Code of Conduct, which expresses the institution’s commitment to ethical conduct in all matters related to its activities.
To participate in the voting, jury members must be present at all deliberative meetings, from the time deliberations commence through to the final vote.
The list of nominations submitted to any of the Princess of Asturias Awards and the deliberations of the jury members are secret.
Jury members shall proceed freely, fairly and rigorously at all times.
The act of voting cannot be delegated.
Submitted nominations cannot be modified in any way whatsoever.
Voting shall always be in favour of one nomination or another and should foster the successive and ongoing election of candidatures preferred by the majority of the jury.
The award is to be bestowed by majority vote on one single candidature. The chair will have the casting vote in the case of a tie.
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