Maria de Sousa Award OLD

Maria de Sousa Award 1st edition - 2021

Award Ceremony

The Maria de Sousa Award was delivered on November 24 to five Portuguese researchers, in a ceremony that took place at Teatro Thalia, in Lisbon, and was presided over by Prime Minister António Costa.

The jury selected research projects in the areas of cancer, cellular functions, sleeping sickness and cardiac biomaterials to award prizes worth up to €25,000 for each researcher, including an internship at an international center of excellence.

The winners, all young doctorates in health sciences, are Daniela Freitas (i3S - Institute for Research and Innovation in Health Sciences, University of Porto), Sara Silva Pereira  (iMM - Institute of Molecular Medicine - João Lobo Antunes, University of Lisbon), Mariana Osswald (i3S), Pedro Marques (Santa Maria Hospital, Lisbon) and Andreia Pereira (i3S).

Watch the awards ceremony here (Portuguese only)

Find out more about the awarded works here

Watch the 2 minute video here (Portuguese only)

About the Award

To honour the memory of the physician and great researcher Maria de Sousa, contributing to scientific research in the area of Health Sciences, the Portuguese Medical Association and the BIAL Foundation promote, in exclusive partnership, the Maria de Sousa Award, which aims to award and support up to five young Portuguese scientific researchers, aged 35 or under, with scientific projects in the area of Health Sciences, including an internship in an international center of excellence.

Maria de Sousa Award: 1st edition - 2021

Awards up to:
5 applications| €25.000 each | €125.000 total amount

1st of January to 31st of May 2021


Rui Costa

Maria do Carmo Fonseca
Miguel Castelo-Branco
Joana Palha
Graça Porto