Blavatnik National Awards Announce 30 Finalists

Selected from Over 300 Nominations from Leading Academic and Research Institutions


NEW YORK – May 21, 2014 – The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists announced today the 30 National Finalists who will be competing for the three spots as the 2014 Blavatnik National Laureates.  The Finalists were selected from over 300 nominations of highly qualified faculty-rank researchers, aged 42 or younger, from the nation’s leading academic and research institutions. 

To see the full list of National Finalists along with photos and links to their research web pages, please click here

The annual Awards, established by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and administered by the New York Academy of Sciences, recognize and support America’s top scientific innovators in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.  The three 2014 National Laureates will be announced this summer and will each receive an unrestricted cash prize of $250,000, the largest unrestricted prize of its kind for early career scientists.   

“This impressive group of finalists represents some of the finest young minds in science,” says Richard Roberts, Nobel Laureate, Chief Scientific Officer, New England BioLabs, and member of the 2014 Blavatnik Awards National Jury. “By recognizing and celebrating their accomplishments, the Blavatnik National Awards remind us that some of today’s most exciting research is being pursued by talented young scientists and this kind of recognition has a positive impact on their careers.”

This year’s National Finalists constitute an extraordinary group of talented young innovators whose research is changing the world and providing long-sought solutions to pressing global problems.

Within this distinguished group are scientists working on fundamental problems in physics, visionary engineers developing methods, tools, and devices that revolutionize technology; biologists exploring the most intricate mechanisms in nature and developing ingenious ways to prevent and control disease and improve global health; chemists challenging convention and expanding the role that chemistry plays in other fields; and inventors creating new ways to harness, transport and use energy.

The National Laureates and Finalists will be honored at an awards ceremony on Monday, September 15th, 2014 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. 

In addition, on July 9th 2014, the Academy and the Blavatnik Family Foundation will host a scientific symposium featuring the research of the 2014 Finalists and Blavatnik Awards honorees from previous years. The event will also include members of the Blavatnik Awards National Jury and Scientific Advisory Council, and other scientific luminaries.