CFAs: 6th Biophilia Award in Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences

Deadline Date: June 10, 2024

 Donor Name: BBVA Foundation

 Grant Size: $100,000 to $500,000

Nominations are now open for 6th Biophilia Award in Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences to recognize contributions from the humanities, communication and social sciences, informed by or compatible with environmental science knowledge, that have helped shape the perspectives, conceptual frameworks and values of society with regard to the environment.

Such contributions may have their origin in a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy and ethics, history, law, literary and art theory, journalism and communication, anthropology, sociology and political science.

Submitted contributions can be in multiple formats, including essays, articles, monographs, legislative initiatives, multimedia materials and popular science books; the preparation, editing and presentation of reports and documentaries; the design and curatorship of exhibitions; and activities in any media channel (scientific journals, press, radio, television, film, documentary and the Internet).

This edition of the Biophilia Award expands and delineates its conceptual perimeter, by expressly and preferentially including contributions from the realms of the humanities and social sciences that help reframe humankind’s relationship with nature. The aim is to recognize narratives and interpretations which, while being reliant on or compatible with environmental science knowledge, contribute from these disciplines to shaping the perspectives, conceptual frameworks and values of society as a whole with regard to the environment.

The Biophilia Award, as such, will distinguish contributions to the understanding and preservation of life in all its forms, including its biological and physical framework.

Preference will be given to contributions of broad impact that have marked a milestone in their understanding of the relationship between human beings and nature.

Award Information

  • One award will be given comprising 100,000 euros, a diploma and a commemorative artwork.
  • In the event that the award goes to a candidature comprising two or more persons, its monetary amount will be divided equally between them.
  • The BBVA Foundation will deliver the award in full to the winner(s) at a public ceremony convened for this purpose. The prize money may be spent at awardees’discretion.
  • The award will be subject to the withholding and other taxes stipulated in current legislation, which will be deducted from its monetary amount.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Natural or legal persons of any nationality engaging professionally in any facet of environmental thought, communication or culture.
  • Joint entries will be accepted from two or more natural and/or legal persons that have made collaborative contributions.
  • Candidatures may be direct, submitted by the interested parties, or indirect, with other natural or legal persons presenting letters of nomination.

For more information, visit BBVA Foundation.

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