National Guidelines

2019 blavatnik national awards

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists 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 $250,000 in unrestricted funds. 


The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1977*.
  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Currently hold a faculty position at an invited institution in the United States.
  • Currently conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry.

*Age limit exceptions will be considered by the Academy in exceptional circumstances upon a detailed written submission from the nominating institution received by the Academy at no later than Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

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

Previously nominated individuals who were not selected as Laureates in past Awards cycles may be nominated again. 


Candidates for the 2019 Blavatnik National Awards must be nominated by their institutions. 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 for the 2019 Awards, provided they still meet all eligibility requirements.

Nominating institutions are encouraged to consider candidates across the institution, focusing on the scope of the candidate’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 President (or equivalent), Provost, or their official designee. If the identity of the 2019 designated nominator has changed since 2018, institutions must send a brief statement to  naming their official designee as nominator 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 see our Invited Institutions page on which institutional contacts are listed, or contact us at


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. 


  • September 26, 2018: Nominations open
  • October 31, 2018: Eligibility exception requests due
  • November 14, 2018: Nominations close
  • November 28, 2018: Letters of support due
  • May, 2019: Laureates and Finalists selected and notified
  • September 23, 2019: Awards Ceremony in New York City

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 (PDF).
  • Nominee’s Research Summary (1,000-word maximum, PDF, authored by the nominee).
  • 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, listed below, is included. There is no page limit for the CV.

  • Name, current institution(s), and position title.
  • Education and training, including postdoctoral training and/or residency.  Please include names of previous advisors.
  • Employment history.
  • Honors and awards with years when they were received.
  • All peer-reviewed publications from independent career – List only published work or manuscripts in press authored during independent career; 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 & patent applications: include patent title, 1-2 sentence synopsis, year submitted / approved.
  • Research grants – List funding for the main ongoing and completed projects on which the nominee is a PI or a co-PI.
  • 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. Department Chair, departmental committee) and service on external 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 research summary (1,000-words maximum), written by the nominee, should describe up to five of the nominee’s most significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments from their independent career. The research summary should be accessible to another scientist working in their overarching disciplinary category (e.g. Life Sciences) but not in their specific field of study (e.g. Neuroscience). 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 or postdoctoral 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.
  • Indicate how you have become acquainted with nominee’s work / research.
  • 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. 


Nominations must be submitted using the online nomination system between Wednesday, September 26, 2018, and Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 11:59PM PT.

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 and Continue Editing’ or ‘Save and Exit’ and accessed later until the nomination is submitted or the submission period closes.

To complete a nomination, nominators must:

1. Fill out the Nomination Form:

  • Enter the nominee’s information: institution, name, email address, phone number, title, department, address, date of birth, and disciplinary category.
  • Enter the nominator’s information: name, title, institution, email address, and phone number.
  • Enter the Rationale for Nomination.
  • Upload all supporting documents (CV, Research Summary, publications/patents).
  • 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 2019 Blavatnik National Awards, 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 PT on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
  • 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 PT on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

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 National Awards Laureate and Finalist Responsibilities

2019 Awards Laureates and Finalists are expected to:

  • Attend the Blavatnik National Awards Ceremony in New York City on September 23, 2019*. Laureates are required to deliver a short presentation on their work at the Ceremony.
  • Participate in Blavatnik National Awards related media activities and inquiries (e.g., video interviews, magazine profile interviews, eBriefings, etc.)
  • Attend the Blavatnik Science Symposium in New York City on July 15-16, 2019*. Laureates and selected Finalists are invited to deliver a short presentation on their research to their fellow Blavatnik Awards honorees and representatives of the Blavatnik Family Foundation.


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 the Blavatnik National Awards Laureates and Finalists are notified of their status.


*Costs of round–trip travel to New York City for the Ceremony and Symposium will be covered by the Blavatnik National 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 212.298.8624.