The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the country’s most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. One Blavatnik Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds.  Nominations for the 2020 Blavatnik National Awards will open on September 25th, 2019 and close on November 13, 2019.
Internal deadline - Letter of Intent for Application to the Research Office due October 7, 2019
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.

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 30, 2019.

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 2020 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 Chemistry  

 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.

Nominating institutions are encouraged to consider candidates across the institution, focusing on the scope of the candidate’s work and its relevance within a given scientific category.  For example, an institution can nominate a Chemistry nominee who is not based in the Chemistry Department but is leading a research program in one of the disciplinary categories covered by the Chemistry section of the Blavatnik Awards. Nominating institutions seeking more guidance may contact the Academy at

Institutional nominations must be submitted by the institution’s President (or equivalent), Provost, or their official designee. If the identity of the 2019 designated nominator has changed since 2018, institutions must send a brief statement to  naming their official designee as nominator before submitting nominations.

Self-nominations are not allowed. Nominees do not submit their own nomination materials and should direct all questions to their institution’s official nominator. If you do not know who this is, please see our Invited Institutions page on which institutional contacts are listed, or contact us at

Internal deadline - Letter of Intent for Application to the Research Office due October 7, 2019

  • Please provide a 2 page summary to the Research Office highlighting the Blavatnik Award evaluation criteria.  Email to


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. 

Agency Deadlines:


  • September 25, 2019: Nominations open for 2020 Blavatnik National Awards
  • October 30, 2019: Eligibility exception requests due
  • November 13, 2019:  Nominations close for 2020 Blavatnik National Awards
  • November 27, 2019: Letters of support due for 2020 Blavatnik National Awards
  • May–June 2020: 2020 Blavatnik National Awards Laureates and Finalists publicly announced
  • September 21, 2020: 2020 Blavatnik National Awards ceremony in New York City​


Monday, October 7, 2019
Date Open: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Agency Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Limit per Institution: