Israel Awards


The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel recognize the country’s most promising faculty-rank (academic staff) researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. One Blavatnik Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive US$100,000 in unrestricted funds. The Blavatnik Awards are generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and co-administered by the New York Academy of Sciences and The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Nominations for the 2021 Blavatnik Awards in Israel will be accepted from April 29, 2020 to June 24, 2020.

Please see our Important Dates page for key deadlines for the 2021 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel.


For a summary of nomination policies, please see the 2021 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel Nominations Flyer


Main eligibility criteria

The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1979.

  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).

  • Currently hold a academic appointment at an invited institution in Israel.  

  • Currently conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry.

Nomination of underrepresented populations in STEM
In spite of tremendous advancements in scientific research, information, and education, opportunities are still not equally available to all. Women, persons with disabilities, and individuals identifying as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields1,2

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

The Blavatnik Awards are proud to have honored over 80 female scientists since the Awards’ inception in 2007—approximately 30% of all Blavatnik Awards recognize women.  Blavatnik Awards honorees hail from 47 countries on six continents, and 60% of all Blavatnik Awards honorees are immigrants to the country in which they were honored.

For all nomination periods opening after September 2020, nominees will be afforded the opportunity to volunteer information on their race, ethnicity or gender. This information is intended to inform and support our efforts to attract a diverse pool of nominees.

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, gender, or field of study.

1Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
2Pew Research Center, January 2018. “Women and Men in STEM Often at Odds Over Workplace Equity


Please note that all nominees will be judged solely on their accomplishments as independent investigators.  A nominee’s “independent career” encompasses any research or work performed as an independent research scientist. In most cases, this work will have been performed after a postdoctoral appointment or doctoral thesis has been completed. Work performed as a doctoral student or postdoctoral scientist will not be considered.  For further guidance, please contact us at

Age limit exceptions

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 by Wednesday, June 3, 2020. For more information, please contact us at We strongly encourage institutions considering nominating candidates born prior to 1979 to contact us as early as possible during the nomination period.

Dual or Joint Appointments

For nominees holding a dual or joint appointment at more than one institution, the nominee must be employed by the nominating institution at least 50% full-time effort.


Candidates for the Blavatnik Awards in Israel must be nominated by their institutions—self-nominations are not allowed.

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

Nominating institutions are encouraged to consider candidates across the institution, focusing on the scope of the cadidate's work and its relevance within a given scientific category.  For example, an institution can nominate a Chemistry nominee who is not based in the Chemistry Department, but is leading a research program in one of the disciplinary categories covered by the Chemistry section of the Blavatnik Awards.  Nominating institutions seeking more guidance may contact the Academy at

Institutional nominations must be submitted by the institution's Vice Chancellor, President, Pro-Vice Chancellor, or equivalent, or their official designee. The Blavatnik Awards team must be informed of the identity of an institution's official nominator.  Please see our Nomination Materials & Instructions page for more details.

Self-nominations are not allowed.  Nominees do not submit their own nomination materials and should direct all questions to their insitution.  Please see our Invited Institutions page for a list of institutional contacts, or contact us at

Scientific Advisory Council Nominations

Members of the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) may also submit nominations for the 2021 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel.  These nominations do not count towards an institution's limit of three nominees.

SAC members may submit unlimited nominees, but may only nominate one candidate from any given institution.


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. 


2021 Award Laureates are expected to:

  • Attend the Blavatnik Awards in Israel Ceremony in Jerusalem on April 18, 2021.
  • Laureates are required to deliver a short presentation on their work at the ceremony.  Blavatnik Awards staff will work closely with the Laureate to craft this presentation, which must be accessible to a general audience. 
  • Participate in Blavatnik Awards related media activities and inquiries (e.g., video interviews, magazine profile interviews, eBriefings, etc.)
  • Participate in all rehearsals, briefings, and other events related to the Ceremony. Your presence will be required in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on April 17th–18th, 2021.
  • Attend the Blavatnik Science Symposium in New York City during the summer of 2021.  Laureates will be invited to deliver a short presentation on their research to their fellow Blavatnik Awards honorees and representatives of the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
  • Respond to all requests and provide deliverables in a timely manner to facilitate compliance with the above expectations.

Costs of round-trip travel to Jerusalem for the ceremony will be covered through the Blavatnik Awards program.

The New York Academy of Sciences asks that nominees consider potential scheduling conflicts should they be selected as an honoree in advance of submitting their nomination materials. Awards-related media and publication activities are scheduled to begin prior to the Awards ceremony when Blavatnik Awards in Israel Laureates are notified of their status.


For general questions about the rules and eligibility requirements, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.

For all other inquiries, please contact the Blavatnik Awards team at or +1-212-298-8626.