The Blavatnik National Awards honor America’s most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers.
These awards celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of young faculty members working in three disciplinary categories of science and engineering. Every year, one nominee in each category will be named a Blavatnik Laureate and awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funds:
- Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Life Sciences
- Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Physical Sciences & Engineering
- Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Chemistry
“Our goal is to recognize and celebrate exceptional young scientists—to make them examples of what the next generation of young scientists should strive to achieve. The Blavatnik Family Foundation is providing critical support to seed innovative work in science and technology that will address society's most pressing global problems.”
—Len Blavatnik, Founder and Chairman of Access Industries and head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation
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. The program expands on an awards program, started in 2007, for young scientists in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Members of the Jury responsible for selecting the Blavatnik Laureates are some of the nation’s most distinguished scientists. Both the Blavatnik Awards Scientific Advisory Council and Jury include Nobel Laureates, National Medal of Science recipients, and National Academy of Sciences members.
The Blavatnik National Awards are conferred at a formal ceremony in New York City each fall.