Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists Solicitation

Program Summary 

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.

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.

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.

Please review the 2018 winners of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists as well as past year National Award Finalists before nominating.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST September 24, 2018

Sponsor Eligibility Exception Requests Due: October 31, 2018

Sponsor Nomination Deadline: 12:59am MST November 15, 2018 (letters of support due November 28, 2018)

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Nominator’s Rationale for Nomination (200-word maximum): Explain 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.
  • Nominee’s CV
  • Nominee’s Research Summary (1,000-word maximum, authored by nominee): Should describe up to five of the nominee’s most significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments from their independent career. The research summary should be accessible to another scientist working in their overarching disciplinary category. 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.

To access the online application, visit:


The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1977. Age limit exceptions will be considered by the Academy in exceptional circumstances upon a detailed written submission from the nominating institution received by the Academy at no later than Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
  • 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.

Self-nominations are not allowed.

Non-winning nominees from prior Blavatnik Awards nomination cycles are eligible to be re-nominated by their institutions as one of their three nominees for the 2019 Awards, provided they still meet all eligibility requirements.

Limited Submission Guidelines

CU Boulder is invited to nominate up to three outstanding young faculty members, one in each of the three disciplinary categories: Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences.

Award Information and Duration

Award Amount: One Blavatnik Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds.