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Awards to USA and Puerto Rico Young Faculty Members for Contributions to Science and Engineering

2024 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
148884

Funding Source
BLAVATNIK FAMILY FOUNDATION
Array ( [0] => Puerto Rico (USA); )

Geographic Focus
All USA
USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/29/23 11:59 PM PT Save

Grant Description
Awards to USA and Puerto Rico young engineers and scientists with faculty status at qualifying institutions to recognize their past accomplishments and career potential. Nominations are invited on behalf of promising researchers in the following three categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, and Chemical Sciences.

Nominations are accepted from an invited group of research universities, independent research institutions, academic medical centers, and government laboratories from around the United States, as well as from the Awards’ own Scientific Advisory Council, composed of renowned science and technology leaders. 

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
  • Promise: Future prospects in the nominee’s field and potential for further significant contributions to science

Nomination of underrepresented populations in STEM

The Blavatnik Awards strongly encourages all those submitting nominations to the Awards—including institutional nominators, Scientific Advisory Council members, and past Blavatnik Awards Laureates—to diversify the population of candidates nominated for this Award.

A more diverse scientific workforce will accelerate discovery and innovation, and the Blavatnik Awards are committed to honoring the most talented young scientists—regardless of race, ethnicity, disability status, gender, or field of study.

National Awards Laureate and Finalist Responsibilities:

  • Attend the Blavatnik National Awards Ceremony in New York City in October 2024
  • Laureates are required to deliver a short presentation on their work.   
  • Participate in Blavatnik National Awards related media activities and inquiries (e.g., video interviews, magazine profile interviews, eBriefings, etc.)
  • Laureates have the option to prepare and submit an original article about their research to Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences within one year of receiving the Award.
  • Respond to all requests and provide deliverables in a timely manner, to facilitate compliance with the above expectations.

Award disciplines: http://blavatnikawards.org/awards/national-awards/disciplines/



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The nominee must:
- Have been born in or after 1982*.
- 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. Invited research universities: http://blavatnikawards.org/awards/national-awards/institutions/
- Currently conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemical Sciences.

*Age limit exceptions will be considered by the Blavatnik Family Foundation in exceptional circumstances upon a detailed written submission from the nominating institution received by the New York Academy of Sciences at the email address below no later than Wednesday, November 8, 2023.

Ineligible
Self-nominations are not allowed.
Pre-2014 faculty-level Winners of the Blavatnik Regional Awards are not eligible

Pre-Application Information
The nomination period for the Blavatnik National Awards will open from October 2, 2023, until November 29, 2023

Important Dates:
- October 2, 2023: Nominations open for 2024 Blavatnik National Awards
- November 8, 2023: Eligibility requests for age-limit exceptions and Returning Finalist re-nominations due
- November 29, 2023: Nominations close for 2024 Blavatnik National Awards
- December 13, 2023: Letters of support due for 2024 Blavatnik National Awards
- June–July 2024: 2024 Blavatnik National Awards Laureates and Finalists publicly announced
- October 2024: 2024 Blavatnik National Awards ceremony in New York City​

The Blavatnik National Awards are conferred at a formal ceremony in New York City each fall.

Institutional nominations must be submitted by the institution’s leadership (President, Vice President, Director) or their official designee.

Nomination guidelines:
- Each institution may submit up to three nominations, one in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.
- Non-winning nominees from prior Blavatnik Awards nomination cycles are eligible to be re-nominated by their institutions as one of their three nominees, provided they still meet all eligibility requirements.
-It is recommended that nominees petition Letters of Support from individuals who are experts in the nominee’s discipline, field, or sub-field and who are intimately familiar with the nominee’s most significant and important research contributions during their independent career.
- Further, it is strongly advised that both Letters of Support be prepared by individuals external to the nominating institution and that have not previously served in the capacity of immediate advisor to the nominee.
More information about nomination guidelines: http://blavatnikawards.org/awards/national-awards/nomination-guidelines/

Important Dates: http://blavatnikawards.org/awards/national-awards/important-dates-national
Nomination Materials and Instructions: http://blavatnikawards.org/awards/national-awards/nomination-materials-instructions/
FAQs: http://blavatnikawards.org/awards/national-awards/faq
Categories: http://blavatnikawards.org/awards/national-awards/disciplines/

Number of Grants
Every year, one Blavatnik National Awards Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive funds. Additional nominees will be recognized as Finalists.

Estimated Size of Grant
Blavatnik National Awards Laureates in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds.

Contact Information
Institutional nominators are welcome to submit nominations here: https://blavatniknational.smapply.io/

If you have any questions or experience technical difficulties, please contact the Blavatnik Awards team at blavatnikawards@nyas.org or 212.298.8630
Office hours: Monday – Friday between 9:00AM and 5:00PM ET.

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