National Guidelines

2018 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 1976.
  • 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.

Previously nominated individuals who were not selected as Laureates in past Awards cycles may be nominated again. The Blavatnik Awards welcomes nominations from underrepresented groups in science and engineering.


Candidates for the 2018 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. 

Institutional nominations must be submitted by the institution’s President (or equivalent), Provost, 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.


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 27, 2017: Nominations open
  • November 15, 2017: Nominations close
  • November 29, 2017: Letters of support due
  • Summer 2018: Laureates selected and notified
  • Fall 2018: 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 (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
  • Full 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 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 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 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.
  • 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 27, 2017 and Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 11:59PM PT.


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

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