The 2019 Blavatnik Regional Awards are open to postdoctoral-rank scientists born in 1977 or later from institutions in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut. Winners each receive $30,000 in unrestricted funds, and finalists each receive $10,000.
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: Nominee’s potential for an independent career and further significant contributions to science or science-related fields.
Each institution may submit up to fifteen nominations across the three Categories of Chemistry, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences & Engineering. 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 conducting research 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 email@example.com.
Prospective nominees must be postdoctoral-rank researchers at institutions in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, hold a doctoral degree, and be born in 1977(*) or later. There are no residency or citizenship requirements to be nominated for the Blavatnik Regional Awards.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
Postdoctoral-rank researchers are defined as individuals who have received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and are engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his/her chosen career path (NIH-NSF 2007).
Researchers beginning faculty positions before January 30, 2019 are not eligible for the Blavatnik Regional Awards.
Institutional nominations must be submitted online by the President (or equivalent), Provost, or the official designee of the nominee’s host institution. Institutions must send a brief statement to email@example.com naming the designated nominators before submitting nominations.
The nominators fill out the nomination form, upload all required materials, and provide the names and emails of two letter writers. The letter writers then receive emails with instructions on uploading their letters. For more details, please refer to the nomination guidelines.
If a nominator already has an account in the online nomination system from past award cycles, he or she may continue to use the same account.
If an institution is re-nominating a candidate from past years, a new submission must be created in the online system.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018: Nominations open
Wednesday, January 16, 2019: Eligibility exception requests due
Wednesday, January 30, 2019: Nominations close at 11:59PM ET
Wednesday, February 13, 2019: Letters of support due by 11:59PM ET.
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): summary (authored by the nominee and written in the first person) of up to five significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments (1,000-word maximum not including references and figure caption, 1 figure; 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 who will provide letters of support.
The Research Summary should focus solely on the nominee's postdoctoral tenure and be structured to address scientific accomplishments including key results, their impact on the nominee's field of study, and the nominee's specific role in the work. Although nominees may include up to 5 significant contributions made during their postdoctoral career, they will not be penalized for listing fewer than 5.
Once the nominator submits the nomination form, two letters of support are still necessary to complete the nomination. Letters writers will receive automatic emails with instructions on uploading their letters. The nomination is complete once both letters have been uploaded. The letters of support must be uploaded by 11:59PM ET on February 13, 2019. Nominators may view the status of the letters of support by logging into their account.
Letter writers should be people who currently have or have had a close professional relationship with the nominee and are knowledgeable about the nominee’s contribution to their field of research.
Letters of support should:
Be 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 post-doctoral career and omit information included in the CV, such as positions and awards.
The nominator enters the names and email addresses into the nomination form, which triggers automatic emails to be sent to the recommenders with instructions on how to upload their letters. Recommenders are responsible for submitting letters online by 11:59PM ET on February 13, 2019.
Once both letters of support have been submitted, the nominator and 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. Nominators may view the status of the letters of support by logging into their account.
No. All evaluations are kept confidential and no feedback will be provided.
The 2019 Blavatnik Regional honorees and their institutions will be notified during summer 2019.
Please contact the Blavatnik Awards staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.298.8624 during regular business hours: Monday – Friday between 9:00AM and 5:00PM ET.