Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists: Blavatnik National Awards

The Blavatnik National Awards honor America's most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers.

This national faculty competition of the Blavatnik Awards will reward excellence by young faculty members in three disciplinary categories. Every year, one nominee in each category will be named a Blavatnik Laureate and awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funds:

  • Blavatnik National Laureate Award for Young Scientists in Life Sciences
  • Blavatnik National Laureate Award for Young Scientists in Physical Sciences & Engineering
  • Blavatnik National Laureate Award for Young Scientists in Chemistry

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 and is influential in the nominee's field;
  • Novelty: The extent to which the work challenges existing paradigms, employs new methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question; and,
  • Promise: Future prospects in the nominee's field and potential for further significant contributions to science.
Number of Applications
Three (one each: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, Chemistry)
Amount of Funding

$250,000 in unrestricted funds


Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

Complete eligibility, nomination requirements and selection criteria can be found here: national nomination guidelines

Eligible nominees must:

  • Have been born in or after 1977.
  • Hold a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Currently hold a faculty position 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.

Previously nominated individuals who were not selected as Laureates in past Awards cycles may be nominated again.

The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists welcomes nominations from underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

Submission Process

Step 1

For consideration as a finalist, investigators must submit the following proposal materials as a single PDF email attachment to Stephanie Endy at no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 18, 2018:

  1. A one-page, 12-point font, one-inch margin cover letter, including PI name, department/division, school/college, project title and brief summary of the applicant's research history and ongoing promise, and
  2. A federal-grant-style biosketch (typically NIH or NSF).
Step 2

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by September 28, 2018.

Step 3

Final proposal must be received by the Office of Research Administration by November 7, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.

Step 4

Final proposal must be received by the sponsor by November 14, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
09/18/2018 09/28/2018 11/07/2018 11/14/2018 CLOSED