Israel Awards

Guidelines

The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel recognize the country’s most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. One Blavatnik Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive US$100,000 in unrestricted funds.

Eligibility

The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1976.

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

  • Currently hold a faculty position at an eligible Israeli institution.

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

The Blavatnik Awards welcomes candidates from underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

Limited Submission

Candidates for the 2018 Blavatnik Israel Awards must be nominated by their institutions. Each institution may submit up to nine nominations, three in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Institutional nominations must be submitted by the institution’s President or equivalent, Provost, or equivalent, or their official designee. Institutions must send a brief statement to  BlavatnikAwardsIsrael@nyas.org naming the official designees as nominators before submitting nominations.

Self-nominations are not allowed. Nominees do not submit their own nomination materials and should direct all questions to their institution’s official nominator.

Evaluation Criteria

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.

Important Dates

  • May 3, 2017: Nominations open for 2018 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel

  • June 28, 2017: Nominations close for 2018 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel

  • July 12, 2017: Letters of support due for 2018 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel

  • Winter 2017: 2018 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel laureates selected

  • Spring 2018: 2018 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel ceremony in Jerusalem

Nomination Materials

The following documents and information are required to submit a nomination:

  • Nominee’s name, date of birth, title, contact information, and disciplinary category.

  • Nominator’s name, title, and contact information.

  • Nominator’s Rationale for Nomination (200-word maximum).

  • Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae (4-page maximum, PDF).

  • Nominee’s Research Summary (1,000-word maximum, PDF).

  • Full-text publications and/or patents representing the nominee’s work (up to 4 publications, PDF).

  • Names and email addresses for two letter writers familiar with nominee’s scientific contributions who will provide letters of support.

Rationale for Nomination

A 200-word statement that explains why the nominee has been selected as the institutional nominee based on his/her strong record of significant independent scientific contributions, early career success, and promise of sustained or accelerated progress in the future.

Curriculum Vitae (Label file: LastName_FirstName-CV.pdf) CV Format Example

  • 4 pages maximum.

  • Name, current institution(s), and position title.

  • Education and training, including postdoctoral training and/or residency.

  • Employment history.

  • Honors and awards with years when they were received.

  • Select peer-reviewed publications – list only published work or manuscripts in press authored after completion of graduate studies. Conference abstracts and proceedings should only be included if they are the primary way of disseminating new results in the nominee’s field, such as in computer science and mathematics.

  • Select patents and patent applications, with years.

  • Research grants – List funding for the main ongoing and completed projects on which the nominee is a PI or a co-PI.

Research Summary (Label file: LastName_FirstName-Summary.pdf)

A 1,000-word maximum summary of up to five of the nominee’s most significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments. Key results, their impact on the nominee’s field of study, and the nominee’s specific role in the described work should be included. Information about the nominee’s positions, awards, and service activities should be excluded. One figure illustrating the most significant results is allowed. Citations and figure caption do not count toward the word limit.

Key Publications and Patents (Label files: LastName_FirstName-Pub1.pdf, etc.)

Full-text published papers or filed patents representing the nominee’s best work (four publications maximum). Each publication should not be larger than 10MB. Work published by the nominee during graduate training will not be considered.

Letters of Support

Letters of support should:

  • Be a maximum of two pages, single-spaced, and uploaded as PDF files.

  • Describe the nominee’s most significant research contributions and explain their importance for the nominee’s research area.

  • Assess the nominee’s accomplishments in comparison with those of his or her peers at the same career stage.

  • Focus on the nominee’s scientific accomplishments during his/her post-PhD career and omit the details of graduate work or information typically included in the CV, such as positions and awards.

Submitting Nominations Online

Nominations must be submitted using the online nomination system between Wednesday, May 3, 2017, and Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 11:59PM IST.

The nominator must create an account in the nomination system by clicking the ‘Sign Up’ button on the nomination system front page. The nominator will receive an automated email to verify his/her email address. Nominators may use their accounts created in previous award cycles as long as the email addresses linked with these accounts remain active.

Nominators with verified accounts may log into the nomination system and begin the nomination process by clicking the ‘Create New Submission’ button. Partially completed nominations may be saved by clicking ‘Save & Continue Editing’ or ‘Save and Exit’ and accessed later until the nomination is submitted.

To complete a nomination, nominators must:

  1. Fill out the Nomination Form:

    a. Enter the nominee’s information: institution, name, email address, phone number, title, department, address, date of birth, and disciplinary category.

    b. Enter the nominator’s information: name, title, institution, email address, and phone number.

    c. Enter the Rationale for Nomination.

    d. Upload all supporting documents (CV, Research Summary, publications/patents).

    e. Confirm the nomination: check the box to agree to the statement of confirmation: “By checking the box below, I confirm that this nominee represents one of up to three institutional nominations for the 2018 Blavatnik Awards, Israel, and has the full support of my institution.”

  2. Request Letters of Support:

    Enter the names and email addresses of two letter writers. Letter writers will receive an automated email with instructions on uploading their letters. Letter writers must upload letters of support by 11:59PM IST on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Once both letters have been uploaded, the nominator and the nominee will receive automated notifications. Letters of support are confidential: neither the nominator nor the nominee will be able to view the contents of the letters.

  3. Submit the nomination.

    Once the Nomination Form is complete and letters of support have been requested, the Submit the Nomination button will be activated at the bottom of the nomination page. This button must be clicked to submit the nomination before 11:59PM IST on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Once a nomination has been submitted, the nominator will receive an on-screen confirmation notice and an automated email, which is also sent to the nominee. Nominations may not be edited after submission; however, nominators may view the nominations and check the status of the letters of support by logging into their accounts.

Questions

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 BlavatnikAwardsIsrael@nyas.org or +1-212-298-8608.