A reference in the support of scientific research

The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by the BIAL pharmaceutical company in together with the Council of Rectors of the Portuguese Universities. BIAL Foundation’s mission is to foster the scientific study of the human being from both the physical and spiritual perspectives. It is managed by representatives from both institutions.

Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and then worldwide. Today it is a renowned institution, particularly in the Neuroscience research, which aims to stimulate new researches that benefit people, providing more health and enabling us to reach new levels of knowledge.

Awards

Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the Prémio BIAL de Medicina Clínica, created in 1984, which is focused on the recognition and enhancement of basic and clinical research. Over 18 editions it has distinguished 102 written works of major impact on medicine and has become acknowledged as a prestigious prize in the Health field. In 2018, the BIAL Foundation created the BIAL Award in Biomedicine, in order to extend its scope of activity and to recognize the most outstanding and relevant discoveries that have been made in the biomedical field. This prize has been awarded, since 2019, every two years alternating with the Prémio BIAL de Medicina Clínica.

In 2020, to honour the memory of the physician and great immunologist Maria de Sousa, the Portuguese Medical Association and the BIAL Foundation decided to promote, in partnership, the Maria de Sousa Award, to support young Portuguese researchers, up to the age of 35, with scientific projects in the area of Health Sciences, including an internship in an international center of excellence.

Grants for Scientific Research

The BIAL Foundation also supports  scientific research projects for the neurophysiological and mental study of the human being, in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology. To date the BIAL Foundation has already supported 691 projects, about 1500 researchers from 25 countries. The research funded by the BIAL Foundation in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology from 1994 to April 2020 has resulted in the publication of 1555 papers, 1186 of which in indexed journals (in Scopus or Web of Science) and 991 in impact factor journals. Almost half of the papers were published in journals that ranked in the first quartile (Q1) in their subject area. By April 2020, 1025 papers were cited on average 20 times.

Symposia

In 1996 the BIAL Foundation began to organize the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers every two years world-renowned experts in neurosciences and parapsychology, as well as several researchers supported by the Foundation.

In addition, the Foundation has an online database that can be accessed by the scientific community and by the general public here.​

Patronage

Classified as a non-profit institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities and the Portuguese Medical Association.

BIAL Foundation at a glance

Management

For the years 2018-2021

Board of Directors

Management
Luís Portela
Chairman
Management
Daniel Bessa

Management
Nuno Sousa

Management
Miguel Portela

Management
Pedro Teixeira

Executive Committee

Luís Portela
Chairman
Daniel Bessa

Nuno Sousa

Fiscal Board

Júlio Pedrosa de Jesus
Presidente
Nuno Amado

Ernst & Young Audit & Associados - SROC, S.A.,
here represented by Dr. João Carlos Miguel Alves

Scientific Board

António Damásio, President
Los Angeles

Osborne Almeida
Munich

Mario Beauregard
Arizona

Daryl Bem
Cornell

Fabrizio Benedetti
Turin

Dick Bierman
Amesterdam

Olaf Blanke
Lausanne

Jason Braithwaite
Lancaster

Richard Broughton
Northampton

Etzel Cardeña
Lund

Maria do Carmo Fonseca
Lisbon

James Carpenter
N. Carolina

Miguel Castelo-Branco
Coimbra

Alexandre Castro-Caldas
Lisbon

Axel Cleeremans
Brussels

António Coimbra
Porto

Rui Costa
New York and Lisbon

Hugo Critchley
Brighton and Sussex

John Cryan
Cork

Rodrigo Cunha
Coimbra

Hanna Damásio
Los Angeles

Ronald de Kloet
Leiden

Peter Fenwick
London

Rainer Goebel
Maastricht

Bruce Greyson
Virgínia

Morten Kringelbach
Oxford

Stephen LaBerge
Stanford

Steven Laureys
Liège

Antoine Lutz
Lyon

Julia Mossbridge
Evanston

Rui Mota Cardoso
Porto

Craig Murray
Lancaster

Catarina Resende Oliveira
Coimbra

Morten Overgaard
Aarhus

Joana Palha
Minho

Dean Radin
California

Amir Raz
Montreal

João Relvas
Porto

Sidarta Ribeiro
Rio Grande do Norte

Christopher A. Roe
Northampton

Stefan Schmidt
Friburgo

Gary Schwartz
Tucson

Alcino Silva
Los Angeles

Mário Simões
Lisbon

Peter St. George-Hyslop
Toronto

Robert Stickgold
Harvard

Jessica Utts
Irvine

Eus Van Someren
Amesterdam

Rufin VanRullen
Toulouse

Caroline Watt
Edinburgh

Menno Witter
Trondheim

Robin Wooffitt
York

Support Services

Paula Guedes
Secretary General
paula.guedes@bial.com
Sylvie Marinho
Grants and Projects Manager
sylvie.marinho@bial.com

Institutional Documents

Contacts

Address
Fundação BIAL
À Av. da Siderurgia Nacional
4745-457 Coronado (S. Romão e S. Mamede)
Portugal
Tel.: +351 22 9866150/00
Fax: +351 22 9866199
www.fundacaobial.com

fundacao@bial.com