Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

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Limited Submission

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the United States’ most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. One Blavatnik Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds, and additional nominees will be recognized as Finalists.The awards celebrate past accomplishments and future potential.

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

  • Quality: The extent to which the work is reliable, valid, credible, and scientifically rigorous.
  • Impact: The extent to which the work addresses an important problem, advances scientific progress, and is influential in the nominee’s field, related fields, or beyond, and/or has the potential to benefit society.
  • Novelty: The extent to which the work challenges existing paradigms, establishes a new field or considerably expands on an existing field, employs original methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question.
  • Promise: The nominee has potential for further significant contributions to science, and the research program will generate further impactful and novel discoveries.




Internal Deadline: October 11, 2019
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): November 13, 2019

Application Materials

Submissions should directly address the four criteria listed above: Quality, Impact, Novelty, Promise. Blavatnik strongly encourages the nomination of women and other underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

Each institution may submit up to three nominations, one in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Send the following as a single PDF document to Jennifer Kluge at (new window)

  •  1-page project description with a rationale for why you should be nominated and a research summary. Successful rationales include: a strong record of significant independent contributions, early career success, and promise of sustained or accelerated progress in the future. Project description should consider aforementioned “Selection Criteria to be Competitive”. In addition, please note which disciplinary category you are applying for.
  •  Abbreviated CV or NIH-style biosketch


  • Have been born in or after 1978.
  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Currently hold a tenured or tenure-track academic faculty position (or equivalent) at an invited institution in the United States.
  • Currently conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry.


For further questions about the sponsor, contact Emily Praktish, Assistant Director, Office of Institutional Partnerships at (202) 687-5504 or (new window).