Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

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Funding or Award Criteria
The national faculty competition of the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists recognizes the country’s most promising young faculty-rank scientists and engineers in the disciplinary categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

One Blavatnik Laureate from each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds and be published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences on the topic for which he/she is being honored.

The candidate and his/her work 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 candidate’s field.
  • Novelty: The extent to which the work challenges existing paradigms, employs new methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question.
  • Promise: Future prospects in the candidate’s field and potential for further significant contributions to science.


  • Have been born in or after 1973.
  • Have earned a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Currently hold a faculty position at an invited institution in the United States.
  • Have made significant research contributions to the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and/or chemistry during his/her independent career as a principal investigator.

Applicable Field(s)
Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry

Number of Nominees Allowed
Up to three candidates, one in each disciplinary category (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry)

VPR Required Documents

  • Basic biographical and contact information for candidate.
  • 2,000-character Rationale for Nomination statement explaining why the candidate is being nominated.
  • Candidate’s four-page curriculum vitae.
  • Candidate’s 1,000-word research statement.
  • Up to four full-text publications and/or patents representing the candidate’s best work.
  • Basic contact information for two recommenders who can speak to the candidate’s qualifications.

For more information, contact Liza Scarborough at 512-471-2877 or

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance