BackgroundThe Prince of Asturias Foundation is a Spanish non-profit organisation 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.
Following the proclamation of HM King Felipe VI and the succession of HRH Princess Leonor de Borbón y Ortiz, Heir to the Crown of Spain, to the title of Prince or Princess of Asturias, the Prince of Asturias Foundation and Awards will now be respectively called the Princess of Asturias Foundation and the Princess of Asturias Awards.
MissionTo 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.
Programme areasThe Prince of Asturias Awards were initiated in 1981, and are divided into eight categories:
• Social Sciences
• Communication and Humanities
• International Cooperation
• Technical and Scientific Research
H.R.H. the Prince of Asturias, D. Felipe de Borbón, presents these Awards each autumn at the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo. Each of the eight international recipients are awarded 50,000 euros, a specially commissioned Joan Miró sculpture, a diploma and an insignia.