Regional Guidelines


The Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists celebrate the excellence of outstanding postdoctoral scientists from institutions in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut working in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Three winners will each receive $30,000 in unrestricted funds and six finalists will each receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds.

Nominations for the 2020 Blavatnik Regional Awards will open on December 4, 2019 and close on January 29, 2020.

Please see our Important Dates page for key deadlines for the 2020 Blavatnik Regional Awards.


For a summary of nomination policies, please see the 2020 Blavatnik Regional Awards Nominations Flyer


Main Eligibility Criteria

The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1978.

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

  • Currently hold a postdoctoral position at an invited institution in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.

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

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

Age Limit Exceptions

Age limit exceptions will be considered in exceptional circumstances upon a detailed written submission from the nominating institution received by the Academy no later than Wednesday, January 15, 2020.  For more information, please contact us at  We strongly encourage institutions considering nominating candidates born prior to 1978 to contact us as early as possible during the nomination period.


Candidates for the Blavatnik Regional Awards must be nominated by their institutions—self nominations are not allowed.

Each institution may nominate up to 15 nominations, distributed as they wish across the disciplinary categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

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 working in one of the disciplinary categories covered by the Chemistry section of the Blavatnik Regional Awards.  Nominating institutions seeking more guidance may contact the Academy at

Institutional nominations must be submitted by the institution's President, Provost, or equivalent (or their official designee).  The Blavatnik Awards team must be informed of the identity of an institution's official nominator; please see our Nomination Materials & Instructions page for further details. 

Self-nominations are not allowed. Nominees do not submit their own nomination materials and should direct all questions to their institution.  Please see our Invited Institutions page for a list of institutional contacts, or contact us at


Nominees and their entire body of work 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, advances scientific progress, and is influential in the nominee’s field, related fields, or beyond, and/or has the potential to benefit society

  • Novelty: The extent to which the work challenges existing paradigms, establishes a new field or considerably expands on an existing field, employs new methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question

  • Promise: Nominee’s potential for an independent career and further significant contributions to science or science-related fields


2020 Blavatnik Regional Awards Winners and Finalists are expected to:

  • Attend the Awards Ceremony, held at the New York Academy of Sciences Annual Gala in New York City in the fall of 2020.
  • Winners are required to deliver short thank you remarks at the Ceremony.  Blavatnik Awards staff will work with the Winners to craft their remarks given on the night of the Ceremony.
  • Participate in Blavatnik Awards related media activities and inquiries (e.g., video interviews, magazine profile interviews, eBriefings, etc.), as requested.
  • Attend the Blavatnik Science Symposium in New York City on July 13–14, 2020.  Honorees may be invited to deliver a short presentation on their research to their fellow Blavatnik Awards honorees and representatives of the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
  • Winners and Finalists will be filmed on-location at their institution to discuss their work and highlight the impact their work is having on their field and broader society.  All honorees are expected to participate in the filming process.
  • Respond to all requests and provide deliverables in a timely manner to facilitate compliance with the above expectations.

Costs of round-trip travel to New York City for the Ceremony will be covered by the Blavatnik Regional Awards program.

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 Regional Awards Winners and Finalists are notified of their status.


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

For all other inquiries, please contact the Blavatnik Awards team at or 212.298.8696.