United Kingdom Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom?

Since 2007, the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists have been open to scientists in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In 2014, the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences expanded the faculty awards to include young scientists across the US, and in the UK and in Israel in 2018.

The Blavatnik Awards in the UK recognise excellence in three disciplinary categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Every year, one Blavatnik Laureate in each category will receive US$100,000 in unrestricted funds, with two Finalists receiving US$30,000 each. The prize money is given directly to the awardees.

2. Are UK faculty members eligible for nomination for the US National Awards?

The UK and US National Awards are independent competitions, with separate eligibility requirements for each. Nominees must be active researchers at institutions eligible to nominate them in the country of the appropriate awards program.

3. Who receives the prize money?

One Blavatnik UK Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive US$100,000 in unrestricted funds, with two Blavatnik UK finalists receiving US$30,000 each. The prize money is given directly to the awardees. Indirect costs are not applied to the award.

4. What are the evaluation criteria for the Blavatnik Awards in the United Kingdom?

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.

5. Which institutions may submit nominations for the Blavatnik Awards in the United Kingdom?

Please see our list of eligible institutions in the UK.

If your institution does not appear on our list and would like to nominate, please submit a brief statement of interest to BlavatnikAwardsUK@nyas.org.

Each institution may submit up to three nominations per year, one for each of the three disciplinary categories.

6. How many nominations may an institution submit each year?

Each institution may submit up to three nominations per year, one for each of the three disciplinary categories.

7. Who is eligible for the 2019 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom?

Prospective nominees must be conducting research at one of the eligible institutions as principal investigators and in charge of their own research program, hold a doctoral degree, and be born in 1977 or later. There are no residency or citizenship requirements to be nominated for the Blavatnik Awards in the UK.

8. Are Fellows eligible for nomination?

All nominees must meet the general eligibility requirements, including holding a faculty position at an eligible institution. A “faculty position” is defined as an academic research position equivalent to Lecturer or above, i.e. already promoted to or with potential to be promoted to a full academic professorship. Holding a fellowship does not disqualify from nomination, provided that an academic position as defined above is also held, but the fellowship alone is not sufficient. Those with predominantly teaching roles (e.g. Senior Teaching Fellows) are not eligible. To hold a professorship is considered a significant achievement and academics already holding such a position are eligible. If you have any questions regarding eligibility, please contact the Blavatnik Awards UK team at BlavatnikAwardsUK@nyas.org.

9. What is the nomination procedure for the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom?

Self-nominations are not allowed. All nominations must be submitted by the institutional nominator. If you are a potential nominee who would like to be considered, please direct questions to your institutional nominator in the first instance. If you do not know who this is, please contact us at BlavatnikAwardsUK@nyas.org.

Institutional nominations must be submitted online by the Vice-Chancellor, President (or equivalent), Pro-Vice Chancellor, or the official designee of the nominee’s host institution. There should be one officially-designated nominator per institution, and this individual should submit all of the institution’s nominations. Institutions must inform the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists of the name of the official nominator by sending an email to BlavatnikAwardsUK@nyas.org before submitting nominations.

The nominators must fill out the nomination form, upload all required materials, and provide the names 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.

10. Where can the nominations for the Blavatnik Awards in the United Kingdom be submitted?

Nominations can be submitted through the online nomination system during the nomination period.

11. What materials are required to submit a nomination for the Blavatnik Awards in the United Kingdom?

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.

  • Nominee’s Research Summary: summary 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.

12. Is the nomination complete after the nomination form is submitted?

Once the nominator submits the nomination form, two letters of support are still necessary to complete the nomination. Letter 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 July 11, 2018. Nominators may view the status of the letters of support by logging into their account.

13. Who should write a nominee’s letters of support?

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, focusing on the nominee’s independent research career.

14. What information should be included in a letter 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 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 details of the graduate and postdoctoral work or information typically included in the CV, such as positions and awards.

  • Include a brief statement explaining how the Letter Writer knows the nominee.

15. How are letters of support submitted?

The nominator enters the names and email addresses into the nomination form, which triggers automatic emails to be sent to the letter writers with instructions on how to upload their letters. Letter writers are responsible for submitting letters online before July 11, 2018.

16. How will a nominee know if letters of support have been received?

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.

17. Will any evaluation information or feedback be made available to the nominee or their institution?

No. All evaluations are kept confidential and no feedback will be provided.

18. When will Blavatnik Awards in the United Kingdom Laureates, Finalists and their institutions be notified?

The Laureates, Finalists and their institutions will be notified at the end of 2018.

19. Who may I contact for more information?

Please contact the Blavatnik Awards staff at BlavatnikAwardsUK@nyas.org or +1-212-298-8608 during regular business hours East Coast US time: Monday – Friday between 9:00AM and 5:00PM ET.