The Rei Jaume I Prizes were created in 1989 with the aim of bringing science and business together to promote research, scientific development and entrepreneurship in Spain. These awards recognize people whose work is highly significant and has been developed mostly in Spain. The prizes are awarded annually, and each winner receives a gold medal, a diploma and 100,000 euros. On receiving this economic endowment, they undertake to reinvest part of the amount in research and entrepreneurship in Spain. The juries convened each year to decide the winners are made up of leading personalities in science and business from all over the world. More than 63 Nobel laureates have served on these juries, and some of them are still participating today. His Majesty the King presides over the award ceremony in a historic place in the city of Valencia:  the Lonja de los Mercaderes.  

Basic Research

Economy

Medical Research/Clinical Medicine

Protection of Nature

New Technology

Entrepreneur

Winners

During the therty five editions of the Rei Jaume I Prizes, more than 170 of the most important Spanish researchers in the fields of science, technology and entrepreneurship have been acknowledged. Many of the winners have also received other important national and international awards throughout their careers.
The Awards Winners are invited to join the High R&D Advisory Council (ACC) of the Valencian Government.
The ACC plays an advisory and consultative role in the Research, Development and Innovation policies developed by the Valencian Government and thus contributes to economic and social advances. Through the recommendations of its scientific members, the ACC disseminates scientific knowledge with the aim of informing and benefiting society, by holding congresses and seminars as well as publishing scientific works related to the Valencian Community, other Spanish regions, Spain on a national level and the European Union.
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Jury Meetings

The jury of the Rei Jaume I Prizes meets every year in June. Formed by scientists and businessmen of wide recognition worldwide, since 1989 until today, the participation in the juries of more than 69 Nobel Prize winners stands out. In recent years, with the interest that they share this experience, young scientists, trained in Spain and with a great CV that has led them to work in the most important research centers, are invited to the juries. During the days of the meeting in Valencia, the members of the juries are involved in various activities in the Valencian Community, colloquiums, lectures and visits to research centers, technology institutes, etc., which facilitates the knowledge of the current scientific fabric. After the deliberation of the juries, the ceremony of proclamation of the winners is held at the Palau de la Generalitat. Since 2006 the members of the juries sign a declaration to draw attention to issues of great international interest. Find all the declarations below:  

Announcement of the Prizes Winners

The official presentation of the Rei Jaume I Awards is held in November with the participation of the award winners in different events held over several days, including an audience with the President of the Generalitat, a meeting with the media followed by a colloquium in which they present their work to the public, conferences in different forums in the Valencian Community and the award ceremony in the Lonja de los Mercaderes de València.  

Convocatoria

BASES 2024

The Rei Jaume I Prizes were created in 1989 to promote scientific research and development in Spain. They recognize the work of excellence of scientists and entrepreneurs who have paved the way for the country’s progress by betting on the capacity of science and entrepreneurship as engines of change for a better future.

In addition to recognizing the work, they provide support and economic stimulus through the reinvestment of part of the prize in Spain for the purposes of the award and contribute to promoting international awareness of Spanish science and technology by inviting world leaders to sit on their juries.

The Valencian Foundation Rei Jaume I Awards announces the Rei Jaume I Awards 2024 according to the following rules:

PRIZES

Basic Research
Will be awarded to that person whose life of work and research has contributed to the development of basic science in the fields of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Economics
Will be awarded to the person whose work in research in economics had an impact of great importance.

Biomedical Research
It will be awarded to the person whose research has contributed significantly to the development of biomedicine or other areas of life sciences (Biology, Biotechnology, Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology and Virology among others).

Clinical Research and Public Health
It will be awarded to the person whose research has significantly contributed to the development of clinical applications in medicine or the advancement of health. (Applied medical research aimed at improving treatment, prevention, diagnosis, genetics, epidemiology, among others.)

Protection of Environment.
Will be awarded to the person who has investigated the improvement of our ecological environment. It will be specially given to the study of the climate change, its causes, consequences and possible solutions.

New Technologies.
Will be awarded to the person who has been distinguished in technological development in any area and it will recognize the degree of innovation and applicability.

Entrepreneur
Will be awarded to the person who is outstanding for the completion of an entrepreneurial Project which creates employment and benefits his community. The entrepreneur sees opportunities, assumes risks and concentrates in satisfying the needs of the customers.

AWARD CONTENT

The prize is indivisible. The winner of each award wlll receive:

  • 100.000 euros, with the commitment to allocate a portion of the prize to research and entrepreneurial projects in Spain.
  • Diploma
  • Gold medal

CANDIDATURES

Presentation

The candidates must be presented by a nominator.
The nominator should complete the official nominating forms available at the website of the Foundation including the reason for nomination. No more additional information is needed.

The candidates can be proposed by:

  • Rei Jaume I winners
  • People and organizations that the foundation invites to do so as:
    Researchers
    Research centers
    Technologies centers
    Universities
    Academic Institutions
    Professional College
    Hospitals
    Businesses
    Managerial Associations
    Business Schools
    Foundations
  • The members of the juries except to the same prize who is member

Same nominator -organization or person- may put forward more one candidate without limitation of number, but not candidate may be nominated in more than prize.

Candidates

Candidates must have completed most of their work in Spain and preferably live in this country.

Candidates from previous years may renew their candidacy themselves for 3 years, communicating it in writing to the Foundation. Once that period has elapsed to be a candidate again you will have to be nominated again.

The following persons cannot be candidates:

  • Winners of the Rei Jaume I Prizes.
  • Members of the boards of trustees of the Fundación
  • Members of the Advisory Committee for the Fundación
  • Members of the juries of the Rei Jaume I Prizes over the last two years.
  • Candidates requesting a prize for themselves
  • – Candidates posthumously

Admission and term

The open period for nominations is 8th January to 1thApril 2024.

After receiving the official candidacy form, the Foundation will contact the candidate to complete the necessary documents in due time.

When needed, the Foundation Rei Jaume I Prizes will carry out a preselection process of the candidates for the best interest of the prizes.

The documentation submitted will not be returned.

THE JURIES

The members of the juries will be designated by the Foundation.

Among them, one will serve as President and another as Secretary. Advisors of the Foundation can participate orally but without vote.

The members of the juries have to be present in the deliberation. Juries’ vote is non-delegable

The decision of the jury which cannot be appealed,

Deliberations of the juries are secret. The list of candidates will not be made public, or information will be provided on them, only the name of the winner of each of the Prizes will be announced at the act of proclamation to be held at the Palau de la Generalitat at the end of the deliberations

CEREMONY OF PRIZES

The ceremony of the prizes takes place in a solemn act in November under the presidency of SM the King of Spain at the Lonja of the Mercaderes of Valencia.

To receive the medal, the diploma and the economic reward, the winner should be present in the ceremony of the awarding of the prizes and attend the program of acts.

The winners:

Emphasis must be given in the winners’ Curriculum Vitae to the fact of having been awarded with the Premio Rei Jaume I.

May be asked to give a lecture.

The prize laureates have the right to be included in the High Advisory Council in Research and Development of the Presidency of the  Generalitat Valenciana.

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                Who can nominate?

                That person or institution to who the Foundation has invited.

                Can I present myself?

                No. A nominator is needed, independent to the candidate. Auto-nominations are not admitted.

                As nominator, how many candidacies can I present?

                The same nominator can propose so many candidates and to so many awards as he/she wishes.

                How is a candidacy presented?

                To present a candidacy the nominator must complete the available official form in the web www.fprj.es and that includes a brief critique of the “why” of the proposal. The nominator needs to include no other papers. To be a candidate only one nomination is needed.

                Can I nominate the same candidate for different categories?

                No, a candidate can only be it in one of the awards.

                Is there any other way of supporting a candidate?

                Yes. It is possible to send letter of support to the Foundation in favor of the candidate who you choose.

                What happens in case that he/she has already been a candidate?

                The candidates of previous years can renew themselves their candidacy without a nominator and for it, the first step they will have to do is communicate it to premiosreyjaime@fprj.es. But only during a maximum of 3 years after their first candidacy. Passed this time they will have to begin again and be nominated again.

                What papers does the candidate present? Are they long or tedious of filling? Does it require a deposit?

                The process is easy and free.

                As soon as the nomination has been received, it will be the Foundation who contacts with the candidate in order to complete the necessary papers in the official printed matter and in the time period that will be indicated to him.

                REWARD THE ENTREPRENEUR

                What is rewarded: company or business project?

                The target of the award to the entrepreneur is to recognize the task of the one who creates a new organization or inmoves in a radical way in an existing company, reinventing most of its products and processes.

                Does the entrepreneur have to be young?

                The age that matters the most is the one of the project and not so much of entrepreneur. For example, if it is a question of a company created by a scientist, it can happen once the scientific career has obtained a success. And the same in the case of women, whose professional trajectory can begin late or restart if she turned out to be interrupted for different extralabor motives.

                New technologies or preexisting technologies?

                It is not necessary that the business project is in an advanced technologies sector, although this is a general tendency at the present.

                Does the company have to be big?

                Not necessary. The dimension will depend much of the sector in which the company moves and of its trajectory.

                Is it possible to present a business project that has not been initiated yet?

                No, the candidate must contribute to the trajectory of the project successfully.

                Can a businessman of second or third generation be a candidate?

                Yes he/she can, if he/she has introduced very significant changes that define a new stage of the company or preexisting society.