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2021 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

Awards to USA and Puerto Rico Young Faculty
Members for Contributions to Science and Engineering

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Blavatnik Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/28/20 11:59 PM PT

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Awards to USA and Puerto Rico young scientists and engineers with faculty status at qualifying institutions to recognize past accomplishments and career potential. Nominations are invited on behalf of promising researchers in the following three categories: chemistry, physical sciences and engineering, and life sciences.

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, 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 original methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question.
  • Promise: The nominee has potential for further significant contributions to science, and the research program will generate further impactful and novel discoveries.

Nomination of underrepresented populations in STEM

  • In spite of tremendous advancements in scientific research, information, and education, opportunities are still not equally available to all. Women, persons with disabilities, and individuals identifying as Black, American Indian, or Hispanic/Latinx continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields. 
  • The Blavatnik Awards strongly encourages all those submitting nominations to the Awards—including institutional nominators, Scientific Advisory Council members, and past Blavatnik Awards Laureates—to diversify the population of candidates nominated for this Award.

For information on each category, see the following link:

http://blavatnikawards.org/awards/national-awards/disciplines/

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148884

Number of Grants:

One Blavatnik Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive an award.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Laureates will each receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominations are accepted from an invited group of research universities, independent research institutions, academic medical centers, and government laboratories from around the United States, as well as from the Awards’ own Scientific Advisory Council, composed of renowned science and technology leaders. Past Laureates of the Blavatnik National Awards are also invited to submit nominations.

The nominee must:
- Have been born in or after 1979.
- Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
- Currently hold a tenured or tenure-track academic faculty position (or equivalent) at an invited institution in the United States.
- Currently conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry.

Dual or Joint Appointments
For nominees holding a dual or joint appointment at more than one institution, the nominee must be employed by the nominating institution at least 50% full-time effort.

Returning Nominees
Non-winning nominees from prior Blavatnik Awards nomination cycles are eligible to be re-nominated by their institutions as one of their three nominees, provided they still meet all eligibility requirements.

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

Each institution may submit up to three nominations, one in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Self-nominations are not allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- September 16, 2020: Nominations open for 2021 Blavatnik National Awards
- October 14, 2020: Eligibility exception requests due
- October 28, 2020: Nominations close for 2021 Blavatnik National Awards
- November 11, 2020: Letters of support due for 2021 Blavatnik National Awards
- May–June 2021: 2021 Blavatnik National Awards Laureates and Finalists publicly announced
- September 27, 2021: 2021 Blavatnik National Awards ceremony in New York City​

Frequently Asked Questions:
http://blavatnikawards.org/awards/national-awards/faq

Important Dates:
http://blavatnikawards.org/awards/national-awards/important-dates-national/

Guidelines:
http://blavatnikawards.org/awards/national-awards/nomination-guidelines/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit a Nomination beginning September 16:
https://blavatniknational.fluidreview.com/prog/2021_blavatnik_national_awards_for_young_scientists/

Direct questions to:
212.298.8696
blavatnikawards@nyas.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)

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