Limited Submission: Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

The Blavatnik National Awards honor America’s most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers.

These awards celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of young faculty members working in three disciplinary categories of science and engineering. Every year, one nominee in each category will be named a Blavatnik Laureate and awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funds:

  • Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Life Sciences
  • Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Physical Sciences & Engineering
  • Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Chemistry

Before starting your application, please read the Program Guidelines and FAQ.


The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1975.
  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Currently hold a faculty position 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.

Previously nominated individuals who were not selected as Laureates in past Awards cycles may be nominated again. The Blavatnik Awards welcomes nominations from underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

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.

Limitation Details

Candidates for the 2017 Blavatnik National Awards must be nominated by their institutions. Each institution may submit up to three nominations, one in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

If you are interested in being one of UGA’s three nominees, please submit an internal application according to the required internal submission instructions below.

Internal applications must include:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this award program
    • Your name, date of birth, title, and UGA contact information (including email)
    • Disciplinary category (Life Sciences OR Physical Sciences & Engineering OR Chemistry)
    • Disciplinary subcategory (required — see “Additional Information” below)
    • Names and email addresses for two letter-writers familiar with your scientific contributions who will provide the letters of support
  • Research Summary: A 1,000-word maximum summary of up to five of your most significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments. Key results, their impact on the nominee’s field of study, and your specific role in the described work should be included. Information about your 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.
  • A 200-word Rationale for Nomination that explains why you should compete for this program (list/describe significant independent scientific contributions, early career successes, and describe a)
  • Curriculum vitae (four pages maximum)

Internal application submission instructions: The above internal application materials should be submitted as a single .PDF file via email to by the listed internal deadline. Please submit questions to

Additional Information – Disciplinary Subcategories

  • Life Sciences
    • Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology
    • Clinical Medicine
    • Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
    • Developmental Biology
    • Ecology
    • Evolutionary Biology
    • Genetics & Genomics
    • Immunology & Microbiology
    • Marine Biology
    • Molecular & Cellular Biology
    • Neuroscience
    • Systems Biology
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
    • Astrophysics & Cosmology
    • Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Geology & Geophysics
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Materials Science & Nanotechnology
    • Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
    • Nuclear & Particle Physics
    • Plasma Physics
    • Theoretical Physics
  • Chemistry
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Biochemistry & Structural Biology
    • Chemical Biology
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Environmental Chemistry & Biogeochemistry
    • Green Chemistry
    • Inorganic & Solid-State Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Physical Chemistry
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Synthetic Chemistry
    • Theoretical Chemistry

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