Regional Guidelines

2015 BLAVATNIK REGIONAL AWARDS

The regional postdoctoral awards of the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists acknowledge and celebrate the excellence of outstanding postdoctoral scientists and engineers from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut working in disciplines within the 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.

The Blavatnik Regional Awards will be conferred at a ceremony held in autumn 2015 in New York City.

LIMITED SUBMISSION

Nominations for the Blavatnik Regional Awards must be submitted by the institution’s President, Provost, or the President’s official designee. Each institution may nominate up to fifteen candidates for the 2015 awards cycle.

Eligibility

Eligible nominees must:

  • Have been born in or after 1973.
  • Hold a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Currently hold a postdoctoral position at an academic or research institution located in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.
  • Have made significant research contributions to disciplines within Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Past postdoctoral finalists and winners are no longer eligible for the Blavatnik Regional Awards.

The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists welcomes nominations of candidates from underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

timeline

  • December 2, 2014: Nominations open
  • February 3, 2015: Nominations close 
  • February 17, 2015: Letters of support due
  • Summer 2015: Winners and finalists selected
  • November 9, 2015: Awards ceremony at the NYAS Annual Gala

evaluation criteria

Nominees and their 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 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: The nominee's potential for an independent career and further significant contributions to science or science-related fields. 

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

There are three roles in the nomination process:

Nominator: The nominator endorses the nominee and submits the online nomination materials. Nominators must be the institution’s President (or equivalent), Provost, or their official designee. Institutions must send a brief statement toblavatnikawards@nyas.orgnaming the official designees as nominators before submitting nominations.

Nominee: The nominee is the individual under consideration for the Award, referred by the nominator. Nominees do not submit their own nomination materials and should direct all their questions to the nominator.

Recommender: The recommender submits a letter of support for the nomination. Recommenders should have or have had a professional relationship with the nominee and be familiar with the nominee’s scientific contributions. Two recommenders are required to submit letters for the nominee.

nomination materials

The following documents and information are required to submit a nomination:

  • Nominee’s name, date of birth, title, and contact information.
  • Nominator’s name, title, and contact information.
  • Nominator’s Rationale for Nomination: statement explaining why the nominee has been selected by the institution (1,000-character maximum, not including spaces, text).
  • 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 recommenders who will provide letters of support. 

Rationale for Nomination

The Rationale for Nomination is a 1,000-character statement (not including spaces) 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.

The Rationale should address the nominee’s research according to the Quality, Impact, Novelty, and Promise evaluation criteria described above.  

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 – List institutions, degrees, years, and fields of study; include postdoctoral training or residency, if applicable.
  • Employment history.
  • Honors and awards – List honors and awards and years when they were received.
  • Select peer-reviewed publications – List only published work or manuscripts in press, do not include manuscripts that are submitted or in preparation.  Use the MEDLINE/PubMed citation format. 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 – List patents and patent applications, if applicable, and years.
  • Research grants – List funding for the main ongoing and completed projects on which the nominee is a PI, co-PI, or listed as key personnel.  

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

A summary of the nominee’s most significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments (1,000 words maximum). Citations do not count toward the word limit, and one figure illustrating the most significant research results is allowed. 

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. Only work published by the nominee as a postdoctoral researcher will be considered. 

letters of support

Letters of support should:

  • Be maximum of two pages, single-spaced, and uploaded as PDF files.
  • Describe the nominee’s most significant research contributions according to the Quality, Impact, Novelty, and Promise criteria 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 postdoctoral career.  Please omit information included in the CV, such as positions and awards. 

SUBMITTING NOMINATIONS ONLINE

Nominations must be submitted using the online nomination system. Materials submitted in any other way will not be accepted.

Additional information

Questions

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

If your question remains unanswered, please contact us