Research awards

Promote research in scientific and technological areas.

Best Doctoral Thesis Awards


The Best Doctoral Thesis Awards are a SENER Foundation initiative aimed at stimulating research at the highest level in the scientific and technical areas in which SENER operates: Aerospace, Infrastructure and Transport, Renewables, Power, Oil & Gas, and Marine Engineering.

The SENER Foundation views support for research as the collaboration between young researchers and their teaching staff, who use their experience to guide doctoral students in their projects. As such, the Best Doctoral Thesis Awards recognize the work of both the author of the thesis (with a prize of €12,000) and the director or directors of the thesis (with a total prize of €3,000).

Evaluation of the candidatures

The proposals are evaluated by a panel of judges made up of university professors from the scientific and technological areas of the competition, doctors from SENER’s technical corps, doctorate-holding trustees of the SENER Foundation, and the director and the secretary of the Foundation.

Profile for candidates for the Best Doctoral Thesis Awards

These awards are open to anyone who has obtained a doctoral degree from a university in a country where SENER has an office in the year when a call for the awards is opened. Furthermore, the thesis must be related to one of the aforementioned scientific and technological areas.

Meet the winners in previous editions of the SENER Foundation prizes

Since the call was opened for the first edition of the Best Doctoral Thesis Awards in 2012, there have been 12 winners.

2017 – A numerical study of turbulent heat transfer in pipes
By: Antonio Antoranz
Director: Óscar Flores and Manuel García-Villalba
Press release for the 2017 award

2016 – Infrared spectral emissivity studies on metals and materials for solar thermal power plants
By: Telmo Echániz
Director: Manuel Tello
Press release for the 2016 award

2015 – Reliability based design optimization of long-span bridges under flutter constraint
By: Ibuki Kusano
Directors: José Ángel Jurado Albarracín-Martinón and Aitor Baldomir
Press release for the 2015 award

2014 – Aerial Coverage Path Planning applied to Mapping
By: Joao Ricardo Pereira Valente
Directors: Antonio Barrientos Cruz and Jaime del Cerro Giner
Press release for the 2014 award

2013 – Analysis of magnetic nozzles for space plasma thrusters
By: Mario Merino
Director: Dr. D. Eduardo Ahedo
Press release for the 2013 award

2012 – Development of an innovative technology to mitigate climate change: non-dispersive absorption with ionic liquids
By: Jonathan Albo Sánchez
Director: Ángel Irabien Gulías
Press release for the 2012 award