Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions to prepare candidates for the Fundación Jesús Serra Research Awards. If you have further questions, you can contact us by email at investigacionfjs@fundacionjesusserra.com.

What do the Fundación Jesús Serra Research Awards acknowledge?

The annual Fundación Jesús Serra Research Awards acknowledge the career path and research projects of young scientists with outstanding contributions in the fields of nutrition and diet and their impact on health.

Who is eligible for the Fundación Jesús Serra Research Awards?

These awards are open to young researchers of any nationality, who have been carrying out their research in Spain for at least 3 years, in the fields of nutrition and diet, with an impact on health, and who have not yet reached the age of 46 by the closing date of this call, 1 April 2022.

In which cases can the candidate exceed the maximum age to present their candidacy?

The Fundación Jesús Serra is committed to equity and family and work reconciliation. For this reason, candidates may exceed 46 years of age on the closing date of this call if they have temporarily interrupted their career because of the birth or adoption of children, and their care during the first months of life. These interruptions must be accredited through the corresponding official documentation.

What is the prize?

The call includes two categories, basic research, and clinical research, each receiving €35,000. The prize must be allocated to research.

Which costs are eligible?

Any expenses necessary for the execution of the project presented, including personnel, travel, goods, and services, subcontracting costs, and equipment, may be attributed to the allocation of this prize. Indirect costs are not eligible.

Who receives the prize, the winning candidate, or their institution?

The final payee can be the winning candidate, or they can define another payee, such as their institution, when accepting the prize. Taxation.

Can people without Spanish nationality be eligible for the Fundación Jesús Serra Research Awards?

Yes, if they have been carrying out their research in Spain for at least 3 years and have experience in the fields of nutrition and diet, with an impact on health.

What type of activity counts towards the last 3 years of research in Spain or the experience in the research fields of nutrition and diet with an impact on health?

All activities that can be accredited through a contract, grant, official qualification, or other academic and work relations are considered relevant, if they include research as their subject. To mention just a few, these activities include studying doctorate and post-doctorate degrees, as well as research contracts or university contracts with a part-time dedication to research.

Can I take part if I am affiliated with a private university, hospital, or research centre?

Candidates must be affiliated with both public and private Spanish universities, hospitals, or research centres of renowned prestige.

Does research in nutrition and health have to be the focus of research throughout my career?

No, candidates can research much broader topics. However, we require contributions to the field of nutrition and diet with an impact on health to be evident, and the project presented to the awards must address this subject.

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 investigacionfjs@fundacionjesusserra.com.

How do I submit my candidacy?

Your candidacy must be submitted through the website https://www.fundacionjesusserra.org/premios-investigacion; you will need to fill out an application form and submit a series of documents (including at least the candidate’s curriculum vitae and a letter of endorsement).

Can I include more than one letter of endorsement?

Yes. Candidates must be supported, through a letter of endorsement, by their project managers or by other recognized professionals linked to universities, hospitals, or research centres and networks in Spain. However, other letters may also be submitted, also by professionals linked to international organizations, endorsing the candidate’s career and/or international and social impact.

Do I have to submit my CV in any specific format/form?

No, no specific format is required. The CV must include information regarding the candidate’s education, experience, and career, including stays abroad and publications, as well as other possible merits. The author’s impact on and contribution to the different publications and projects must be included. If the chosen format does not include them, such as the Ministry’s standardized CVA format, an annex with this information can be attached for the most relevant publications and projects.

Must I include the most relevant publications in PDF format?

No, it is not necessary. As indicated in the prize rules, the CV must include the URL to access the full reference (through PubMed, the magazine, the DOI, etc.) so that the jury can quickly access it.

Do I have to prove all my merits with official documentation?

In general, it is not necessary to attach a copy of official qualifications, stays or other merits or acknowledgments. However, we recommend adding links to documents or websites with resolutions, advertisements, or other content that documents them, if these are easily accessible. Furthermore, the jury reserves the right to check any of these merits, either by contacting the candidate and/or the awarding or host institutions.

In which language should the application and requested documentation be submitted?

Applications can be filled out and submitted in both Spanish and English.

Will I receive any notification after filling out the online form and sending the documentation?

Yes, the Fundación Jesús Serra will acknowledge correct receipt of the presented candidacy by email.

Will I receive any notification after the meeting of the Jury?

Yes, the Fundación Jesús Serra will send a notification to all candidates with the Jury’s resolution of the Awards in June 2022.