The Prince of Asturias Foundation was founded in the city of Oviedo on 24th September 1980 at a formal ceremony presided over by His Royal Highness the Prince of Asturias, heir to the throne of Spain, who was accompanied by his parents, their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain.
The essential aims of the Foundation are to consolidate links between the Principality and the Prince of Asturias, and to contribute to encouraging and promoting scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of mankind's universal heritage.
Awarded in eight different categories ( the Arts, Letters, communication and Humanities, Social Sciences, technical and Scientific Research, International cooperation, Concord and Sports.
Academies, cultural and research centres, universities and other institutions, persons invited to do so by the Foundation, and members of any of the juries may present reasoned nominations for the Prince of Asturias Awards.
Nominating oneself or an organisation one represents is not allowed.
Nominations made under the terms of the Awards’ Call for Nominations should demonstrate beyond all doubt that the nominee is an outstanding role model whose work is of unquestionable international standing. The Foundation or its delegated juries will not consider nominations that fail to meet this essential requisite.
Nominations can be formalized by dispatching a duly completed official proposal form to the Prince of Asturias Foundation or by providing a detailed, written explanation of
All relevant data and complementary information for the nomination may also be enclosed, as well as any further reasoned support or endorsements.
Proposals can be sent by certified post or e-mail ( firstname.lastname@example.org
), or can be handed in to the Foundation’s offices (General Yagüe 2, 33004 Oviedo, Spain) or to Spain’s diplomatic or consular offices abroad.
With the exception of nominations made by jurors, the deadline is 2.00 pm, 19th March 2010. The deadline for the Sports and Concord Awards extends until 23rd July.
Members of the different juries can make nominations after the above deadlines providing they do so at least two days before the relevant jury is convened. In no case whatsoever may they make nominations for the Award category they form part of.
Nominations failing to meet the above requisites will not be accepted.
In no case will documentation be returned or correspondence regarding such documentation be entered into.
There will be a separate jury for each of the Awards, with jurors being appointed by the Foundation.
Each Jury will have a chairperson elected from amongst its members, and a voting secretary appointed by the Foundation. At the first meeting, the secretary will first declare the jury convened and then proceed to the election of the chairperson.
The chairperson is responsible for organising and channelling the jury’s deliberations and any voting that may arise. The secretary is responsible for interpreting these regulations and for keeping minutes of the meetings.
The voting system should foster the successive and ongoing election of nominees preferred by the majority of the jury at all times. In consequence, voting should always be in favour of a nominee rather than eliminatory in nature.
During the course of their deliberations, the jury may not group together two or more nominations or two or more individuals forming part of any nomination to form a new group nomination.
Votes are not delegable and are to be cast in person by each member of the jury when the vote is taken.
Only jurors present during deliberations preceding voting can take part in the vote.
The Award will be granted to the candidature obtaining the jury’s majority vote. If there is a tie, the chairperson will have the casting vote.
The award may be bestowed neither posthumously, nor on members of the higher state institutions of Spain, members of Government or those occupying high office in Government, members of the Foundation’s Boards of Trustees, nor on anyone who has been a member of an Award jury within three years prior to the proposal, who applies for the award on their own behalf or who does so on behalf of the organisations or institutions that they represent.
Each Prince of Asturias Award comprises a diploma, a Joan Miró sculpture representing and symbolising the Awards, an insignia bearing the Foundation’s coat of arms, and a cash prize of €50,000. The latter will be divided equally amongst the laureates if an award is shared.
The laureate must attend the grand presentation ceremony to receive the sculpture, the insignia and the cash prize.
Laureates should take part in events organised around the presentation ceremony if so requested by the Prince of Asturias Foundation.
General Yagüe, 2.
Principality of Asturias - Spain
Phone.: (+ 34) 985 258 755
Fax:(+ 34) 985 242 104