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My name is C. Dionisio Pérez-Blanco and I am a Distinguished Researcher at Universidad de Salamanca, where I am Principal Investigator (PI) and coordinator of the Horizon Europe TRANSCEND Project (total budget: EUR 5 300 000), H2020′s TALANOA-WATER Project (EUR 2 700 000), and the Spanish R&D Plan IRENE Project (EUR 302 500). Previously, I have been PI and coordinator of the Program for the Attraction of Scientific Talent’s SWAN Project (EUR 510 000), the Ministry of Environment’s ATACC Project (EUR 135 675), the European Institute of Technology’s AGRO-ADAPT Project (EUR 186 000) and of the International Grant for EU-Australia Research Partnership on Instruments for Water Security (AUD 40 000). I am a successful awardee of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, the AXA Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Ikerbasque Postdoctoral Fellowship. I have also been PI of 5 innovation contracts. Overall, I have successfully applied as PI and coordinator to competitive calls worth over EUR 9.4 million during the past 5 years. Further to my PI role, I have actively contributed as a researcher to 15 projects during the last 6 years, including H2020 projects, FP7 projects, DG ENV and DG ECHO projects, Italian and Spanish national projects, and innovation contracts, funded with over 40 million EUR. I lead a group of 9 researchers at USAL (Agricultural and Water Resources Economics Group – AWARE) and I am Deputy Coordinator of the GECOS Unit of Excellence. I am chair of Water Future’s Economic Instruments of Water Security Working Group, an international network of 25 renowned scientists co-developing the pioneering Global Water Assessment, and official reviewer for the IPCC. I have published extensively in JCR-indexed journals, including top-field journals such as Nature Sustainability. All these achievements have been matured since I completed my PhD in 2014, which received the highest possible distinctions (summa cum laude and PhD Extraordinary Award 2016).