Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

Funding Agency:
New York Academy of Science

The New York Academy of Sciences and the Blavatnik Family Foundation are pleased to announce that nominations will open for the 2020 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists on September 25, 2019.  Nominations will be accepted until November 13, 2019.

Now entering its seventh year, the Blavatnik National Awards recognize and celebrate America’s most innovative and promising faculty-rank scientists and engineers in three disciplinary categories: Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences. Each year, one nominee in each category is awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funding and honored at the Blavatnik National Awards ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as a Blavatnik National Awards Laureate.

Duke is invited to nominate up to three outstanding young faculty members, one in each of the three disciplinary categories. Nominees must:

  • Have been born in or after 1978;
  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.);
  • Currently hold a tenured or tenure-track academic faculty position (or equivalent) at your institution;
  • Currently conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry.

The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists strives for nominee equality and diversity, and strongly encourages the nomination of women and members of other historically underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

 

Deadlines:

  • Duke Internal: Oct. 8, 2019
  • Nomination Deadline: Nov. 13, 2019

 

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

EVALUATION CRITERIA

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

The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1978.
  • 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.

The Blavatnik Awards strongly encourage the nomination of women and other underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

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

Amount

$250,000

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

Award

Eligibility

Faculty
Junior Faculty
Women and minorities encouraged

Category

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

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:  http://blavatnikawards.org/awards/national-awards/disciplines
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) http://www.grantinterface.com/sl/aBCFuK

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials: https://www.ctsi.duke.edu/myresearchproposal​ 

Internal Deadline

October 8, 2019

External Deadline

November 13, 2019