The VI Edition of the Young Researchers Awards, launched by the AstraZeneca Foundation and the Carlos III Health Institute, has extended the deadline for receipt of applications until next Wednesday, 28 September.

The AstraZeneca Foundation is a non-profit institution committed to promoting research, science and the dissemination of results, supporting scientific talent and promoting the development of research projects in different fields, with the aim of boosting the modernization of the Spanish healthcare structure by cooperating in the area of health. The aim of the call is to recognize the trajectory of some national research groups, for which a budget of one million euros has been earmarked.

The winners will be chosen from at least three different autonomous communities. The projects must be framed within the following lines of research or thematic areas:

  • Oncology, precision medicine and immuno-oncology: lung, ovarian, breast, pancreatic, hereditary, prostate and gastrointestinal cancer.
  • Respiratory and immunology: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, lupus and eosinophilic inflammatory diseases.
  • Cardiovascular, renal and metabolism: chronic kidney disease and hyperkalemia, heart failure, type 2 diabetes mellitus and acute coronary syndrome.
  • Immunotherapy vaccines: covid-19, pediatric influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Besides the award, the aim is to exploit the presented projects and the publication to obtain results that improve the health of citizens and that promote synergies between the different research groups.

There will also be an Honorary Award for Excellence in Scientific Trajectory, which will be destined to continue promoting the line of research of the award-winning researcher, who will receive 50,000 euros that can be allocated to the institution and the research project of his or her choice.

This initiative represents an excellent opportunity to promote and recognize the work of researchers, as well as to motivate young people to continue working in their research fields. If you are interested in participating in this call, you can do so until September 28, at this link you will find more information about the bases and the procedure to follow.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.