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Awards to USA and Puerto Rico Young Faculty
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2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

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Blavatnik Family Foundation

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11/17/21 11:59 PM EST


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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:

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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 1980.
- 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.

Re-Nomination of Past Finalists
Nominees previously recognized as Finalists of the Blavatnik National Awards are eligible for re-nomination by their institution for the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards, provided they meet the following requirements:
- Returning Finalists must still meet the eligibility requirements for the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards. For Returning Finalists born prior to 1980, age limit exception requests must be submitted and approved by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
- Nomination of Returning Finalists must be pre-approved by the New York Academy of Sciences. A letter outlining the nominee's significant new achievements since their last recognition by the Blavatnik National Awards must be submitted, along with an updated CV.

Please note that unlike in previous years, Returning Finalists will now count towards an institution's limit of three nominees.

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:

- October 6, 2021: Nominations open for 2022 Blavatnik National Awards
- November 3, 2021: Eligibility requests for age-limit exceptions and Returning Finalist re-nominations due
- November 17, 2021: Nominations close for 2022 Blavatnik National Awards
- December 1, 2021: Letters of support due for 2022 Blavatnik National Awards
- June–July 2022: 2022 Blavatnik National Awards Laureates and Finalists publicly announced
- September, 2022: 2022 Blavatnik National Awards ceremony in New York City​

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