Research Awards Jesús Serra

6th Call – From 3 April to 7 June 2024

Fundación Occident announces the sixth edition of the Research Awards Jesús Serra, which is aimed at acknowledging the path of excellence and outstanding contributions to research in the fields of nutrition, diet and health of young scientists working in Spain within the scopes of basic, clinical, epidemiological and technological research.

April 3, 2024

Opening of the call for applications

June 7, 2024

Closing date

November 20, 2024

Awarding of prizes to the winners

Objectives of the research awards

Recognise the excellence of Spanish researchers

Build a healthier society

Ensure the well-being of future generations

How to participate in the Research Awards Jesús Serra in Spain

Winners of the 5th edition

Winner of the Clinical category Maira Bes Rastrollo Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Navarra (UNAV).
Winner of the Basic
Manuel Irimia ICREA research professor and group leader at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona.
Research Awards Jesús Serra Rules

Jury of the research awards

Dra. Maria A. Blasco – presidenta del jurado

Dr. Maria A. Blasco

PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1993), Director of the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (National Cancer Research Centre, CNIO) and Head of the Telomeres and Telomerase Group of the CNIO.

Prof. Lina Badimon

Prof. Lina Badimon

Director of the Instituto Catalán de Ciencias Cardiovasculares (Catalan Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, ICCC) and Research Professor of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) at the Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital.

Dr. Carlos Macaya Miguel

Dr. Carlos Macaya

Professor Emeritus of Cardiology at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and Secretary of the Interhospital Foundation for Cardiovascular Research.

Dr. Pedro Mata López MD, PhD

Dr. Pedro Mata MD, PhD

Chairman and founder of the Spanish Foundation for Familial Hypercholesterolaemia. (HF).

Dra. Mercedes Rincón

Dr. Mercedes Rincón

Professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology from the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Pedro Mata López MD, PhD

Dr. Guadalupe Sabio

Principal Investigator, Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO).

Dr. Pedro Mata López MD, PhD

Dr. Manuel Irimia

Research Professor ICREA and Principal Investigator at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG).

Dr. Pedro Mata López MD, PhD

Dr. Maira Bes-Rastrollo

Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Navarra (UNAV) in Pamplona.

Dr. Pedro Mata López MD, PhD

Laura Halpern

Secretary and Spokesperson of the Jury.


What do the Research Awards Jesús Serra acknowledge?
The career path and research projects of young scientists with outstanding contributions in the fields of nutrition, diet and health.
Who is eligible for the Research Awards Jesús Serra?
As a general rule, researchers who have not reached 46 years of age on the closing date of the call, of any nationality, and who have been carrying out their research in Spain for at least 3 years
Can I take part if I am affiliated with a private university, hospital, or research centre?
Yes. Candidates must be affiliated with both public and private Spanish universities, hospitals, or research centres of renowned prestige.
Can I submit an entry to both prize categories: basic and clinical research?
No. The candidate must choose only one of the categories. If the research project is in the preclinical phase, the category is defined by the candidate’s research career in this field, and more specifically by the longer-term goals of the line of research in which the project presented to these awards is included
Can a researcher who has already been a candidate in other editions take part?
Yes. Candidates can reapply by sending all the duly updated documentation required by the rules. If you want to recover the information from your previous application, please contact