On March 1, 2023 took place the award ceremony of the National Research Awards 2022, presided by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain at Casa Mediterráneo in Alicante. Ana Martínez Gil, research professor at the Margarita Salas Center for Biological Research (CIB-CSIC) where she leads the Translational Medicinal and Biological Chemistry research group, received the Juan de la Cierva National Research Award in the area of technology transfer at this ceremony.
This award, endowed with 30,000 euros per modality, has been granted for "her contributions in the field of design and development of drugs for neurodegenerative and infectious diseases, highlighting her significant contributions to the transfer of technology and knowledge, both in society as a whole and in the business world through the generation of spin-offs and patents".
In the 2022 edition, together with Ana Martínez, Mariano Barbacid, Íñigo Javier Losada, Daniel Innerarity, Miguel Ángel Martínez-González, Fernando Tomás Maestre, José Cernicharo, Antonio María Echavarren, Antonio Ros and Luis Moreno, have been awarded in the traditional categories of the National Research Awards, which distinguish research careers of excellence.
For their part, Arkaitz Carracedo, Belén Riveiro, Josefa Ros, María Victoria Llorens, Manuel Delgado, Andrés Castellanos, Guillermo Mínguez, Marc Güell, Carlos Gómez and Diana López-Barroso received the National Research Awards for Young People, aimed at outstanding researchers in the early stages of their careers.
During the awards ceremony, tribute was also paid to the researcher Luis Moreno, National Research Award in Social Sciences 2022, who passed away recently.
The ceremony was attended by the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig; the Mayor of Alicante, Luis Barcala; the Secretary General for Research of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, Raquel Yotti; and the Secretary General for Innovation, Teresa Riesgo; among other authorities.
The National Research Awards are Spain's most important recognition in the field of scientific research and distinguish those researchers in Spain who are carrying out outstanding professional work of international relevance in their respective areas of research and scientific fields. They also recognize research careers that make an exceptional contribution to the advancement of science, to the better understanding of human beings and their coexistence, to the transfer of technology and to the progress of humanity.
Video summary of the awards ceremony: link.