Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

Funding Agency:
New York Academy of Science

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the United States' most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemical Sciences. One Blavatnik National Awards Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds, and additional nominees will be recognized as Finalists.

Duke is invited to nominate up to three nominations, one in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemical Sciences.

For questions about nominations, please contact Steve Murray (, Foundation Relations.



  • Duke Internal: Oct. 15, 2023
  • Nomination Deadline: Nov. 29, 2023
  • Letters of Support Deadline: Dec. 13, 2023


Agency Website

Areas of Interest


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. 

Eligibility Requirements

Main eligibility criteria

The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1982.
  • 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 Chemical Sciences.

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 fields1,2

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.



Amount Description

Through the generosity of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, each Laureate will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds as well as an invitation to publish a review or perspective article in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences on the topic for which he/she is being recognized.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Women and minorities encouraged


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF via the upload feature on the ORS website.

The following documents are described in the Guidelines found here:

1. Coversheet that includes:
a. First and last name and date of birth mm/dd/yyyy
b. Your official title
c. Disciplinary category (Please see the Blavatnik guidelines for disciplinary category and subcategory:
2. Curriculum Vitae -  4 pages (see example as well as the Guidelines on the Blavatnik site)

3. Rationale for Nomination from your Chair: A 200-word statement 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. 

4. Research Summary - A 1,000-word maximum summary of up to five of the nominee’s most significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments. Key results, their impact on the nominee’s field of study, and the nominee’s specific role in the described work should be included. Information about the nominee’s positions, awards, and service activities should be excluded. One figure illustrating the most significant results is allowed. Citations and figure caption do not count toward the word limit.

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code: ILN

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials:

Internal Deadline

October 15, 2023

External Deadline

November 29, 2023