Israel Awards


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.


The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1978.

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

  • Currently hold a academic appointment at a university or independent research institution in Israel.  For nominees that hold 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.  See the website for a full list of eligible Israeli institutions.

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

The Blavatnik Awards strongly encourages the nomination of women and candidates from underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

Age limit exceptions will be considered by the New York Academy of Sciences in exceptional circumstances upon a detailed written submission from the nominating institution received by the Academy at no later than Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

Limited Submission

Candidates for the 2020 Blavatnik Awards in Israel 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. Non-winning nominees from prior Blavatnik Awards nomination cycles are eligible to be re-nominated by their institutions as one of their nine nominees for the 2020 Awards, as long as they still meet all eligibility requirements.

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 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. If you do not know who this is, please refer to the eligible institutions page, or contact us at

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 1, 2019: Nominations open for 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel

  • June 26, 2019: Nominations close for 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel

  • July 10, 2019: Letters of support due for 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel

  • Winter 2020: 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel Laureates publicly announced

  • Spring 2020: 2020 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, academic 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 (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

It is strongly encouraged that nominees follow the format shown in the example CV to ensure that all required information is included. There is no page limit for the CV, however, we encourage nominees to be efficient in the formatting of their CV.

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

  • Education and training, including postdoctoral training and/or residency. Please be sure to include the names of all previous advisors (e.g. thesis and postdoctoral supervisors, etc.)

  • Employment history, including name of organization/institution and relevant dates.

  • Honors and awards with years when they were received.

  • All peer-reviewed publications from independent career. List only published work or manuscripts in press. Do not include manuscripts that are submitted or in preparation, or those published during graduate or postdoctoral 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 all ongoing and completed projects on which the nominee is a principal investigator or a co-principal investigator. Please be sure to include amount of funding, name of grant scheme, funding body, and duration of funding award for each grant. If the nominee is a co-principal investigator, please list both the total amount of funding as well as the portion awarded to or managed by the nominee.

  • Scientific leadership – Please include any significant roles in the greater academic community. This includes major editorial responsibilities, public outreach activities, conference organization, institutional administrative responsibilities (e.g. Head of Department, chair of departmental committee, etc.), and service on external thesis committees.

  • Invited talks and lectures – Please list notable invited talks from independent career, including keynote addresses and named lectures, with year given and inviting organization/institution.

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

A summary (1,000-word maximum) of up to five of the nominee’s most significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments from their independent career. The Research Summary should be written in the first-person by the nominee, and accessible to any scientist working in their overarching disciplinary category (e.g. Life Sciences). Key results, their novelty and 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 or postdoctoral training will not be considered.

Letters of Support

Nominees should petition Letters of Support from individuals who are experts in the nominee’s discipline, field, or sub-field. The letter writer should be intimately familiar with the nominee’s most significant and important research contributions during their independent career, and it is our recommendation that at least one Letter of Support should come from a reference external to the nominee’s home institution.

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 independent career and omit the details of the graduate and postdoctoral work or information typically included in the CV, such as positions and awards.

  • Include a mention of the relationship of the letter writer to the nominee (e.g. thesis advisor, colleague, etc.)

Submitting Nominations Online

Nominations must be submitted using the online nomination system between Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 11:59PM IST.

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

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, academic 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 2020 Blavatnik Awards in Israel, and has the full support of my institution.”

  2. Request Letters of Support:

  3. 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 10, 2019. 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.

  4. 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 26, 2019.

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.

Blavatnik Awards in Israel Laureate Responsibilities

2020 Award Laureates are expected to:

Attend the Blavatnik Awards in Israel Ceremony in Jerusalem, Israel in Spring 2020*. Laureates are required to deliver a short presentation on their work at the ceremony.

Participate in Blavatnik Awards related media activities and inquiries (e.g., video interviews, magazine profile interviews, eBriefings, etc.)

We ask that nominees consider potential scheduling conflicts should they be selected as a Laureate in advance of submitting their nomination materials. Award related media and publication activities are scheduled to begin prior to the Award ceremony when Blavatnik Awards in Israel Laureates are notified of their status.

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


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 +1-212-298-8696.