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 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.