Scientific Research

Fundación Banco Santander-CNIO Post-Doctoral Programme

Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO)

Fundación Banco Santander supports the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) by sponsoring a post-doctoral programme for researchers from the United Kingdom and the United States.

Selected candidates are given the opportunity to continue their scientific training at the CNIO for two years, working on an ambitious research project. In addition to bringing new talent to our country, this programme promotes knowledge-sharing in the field of oncology between prestigious British, American and Spanish institutions.

CNInnOtrain Programme

Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO)

With a view to offering young researchers more and better career opportunities, the foundation sponsors CNInnOtrain, a business training programme for scientists created by the IE Business School in Madrid.

The combination of classroom and online sessions gives scientists basic notions of finance, market strategy, management, marketing and leadership to help them realise their entrepreneurial potential. The programme also gives them the opportunity to create innovative projects that are later evaluated by the CNIO.


SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent Award

Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom

In 2018, the foundation and the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom announced the 3rd SRUK/CERU Emerging Talent Award to recognise the accomplishments of young researchers working in the United Kingdom.

A panel of renowned scientists awarded the prize to Dr. David Fairén Jiménez (PhD in Chemistry), a researcher at the University of Cambridge, for his excellent academic work in the field of porous materials.

The award—consisting of a sculpture by artist Cristina Iglesias and a cash prize of 14,000 pounds—was presented on 17 December at the Spanish embassy in London.

Fundación Renal Íñigo Álvarez de Toledo (FRIAT)


The foundation supports Fundación Renal Íñigo Álvarez de Toledo, a non-profit foundation that provides holistic assistance to persons with chronic kidney disease. In addition to facilitating access to treatment by establishing more than sixteen dialysis centres in Spain, it offers patients psychological, social and nutritional support and awards prizes and grants to promote research into kidney diseases.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Fundación Banco Santander, it was able to create Nefrodiet, an app that helps patients follow a diet designed to slow the progress of chronic kidney disease.