2018 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists honor America’s most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers. These awards celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of young faculty members working in three disciplinary categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Georgetown University may submit up to three nominations, one in each disciplinary of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please submit:

  • NIH-type biosketch (4-page limit).
  • Up to 200 words describing your strong record of significant independent scientific contributions, early career success, and promise of sustained or accelerated progress in the future. You may discuss your most significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments.
  • One-page summary of your research. Please discuss key results, their impact on your field of study, and your specific role in the described work.
  • List of five most significant publications and any patents received to date.

Please submit the above as a single PDF document no later than Monday, October 15, 2018, to Jennifer Kluge at jck67@georgetown.edu. An internal academic review committee will select the university’s applicant.

Nominees and their work will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Quality: Extent to which the work is reliable, valid, credible, and scientifically rigorous.
  • Impact: Extent to which the work addresses an important problem and is influential in candidate’s field.
  • Novelty: Extent to which the work challenges existing paradigms, employs new methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question.
  • Promise: Future prospects in candidate’s field and potential for significant contributions to science.
  • The Blavatnik Awards strongly encourages the nomination of women and other underrepresented groups in science and engineering.


A candidate must have:

  • Been born in or after 1977.
  • Earned a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.)
  • Hold a faculty position and conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry
    NOTE: This is a highly competitive opportunity; in 2017, of the 30 finalists (10 per category): 22 were at rank of full professor (including endowed chairs, department chairs, and associate deans); 6 were at rank of associate, and 2 were at rank of assistant.
  • Two recommenders who can attest to candidate’s qualifications and research contributions to his/her field.




Internal Georgetown application deadline: October 15, 2018
Nomination application deadline (if selected): November 14, 2018
Letter of support deadline: November 28, 2018
Blavatnik National Laureates and Finalists selected & notified May 2019
2019 Blavatnik National Awards ceremony in New York City September 23, 2019


Visit the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists website for more guidelines.


For proposal assistance contact, Becky Pfordresher, Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations at (202) 687-1067 or Becky.Pfordresher@georgetown.edu.