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The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

Recognize the country’s most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemical Sciences. One Blavatnik Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds.  

The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1982.
  • Hold a doctorate degree (Ph.D., 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.

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 November 8, 2023.

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

Previously nominated individuals who were not selected as Laureates in past Awards cycles may be nominated again. 


Candidates for the 2024 Blavatnik National Awards must be nominated by their institutions. Each institution may submit up to three nominations,

Limited Submission - 3

Oregon State can submit 3 nominations, one in each of:

  • 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 Chemical Sciences

Institutional nominations must be submitted by the institution’s President (or equivalent), Provost, or official designee.


To submit your name for consideration, prepare the following information to enter in the attached InfoReady form:

  • PI name, title, and contact information
  • Submission history - have you been nominated before?
  • Field: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Chemical Sciences
  • Research Summary - Please upload as a pdf a 2 page research summary of the candidate's prior work as an independent investigator in InfoReady highlighting the Blavatnik Award 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. 


This is the timeline for the 2024 Nomination. 

  • October 29, 2023 - Internal submission deadline at Oregon State
  • November 29, 2023:  Nominations close for 2022 Blavatnik National Awards
  • December 13, 2023: Letters of support due for 2022 Blavatnik National Awards