October 7, 2014

2015 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists (LSO) - physical sciences and engineering; chemistry; and life sciences

The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists competition is now open to young faculty-rank scientists across the United States. The program is comprised of three overarching disciplinary categories: Physical Sciences and Engineering; Chemistry; and Life Sciences.

Eligible disciplines can be viewed on the Blavatnik website. Every year, one winner in each category will be awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funds.

This is a limited submission opportunity and Vanderbilt may nominate one faculty member in each of the three categories. Eligible nominees must:

  • Have been born in or after 1973.
  • Hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D., D.Phil, M.D., DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Have made significant research contributions to the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry during their independent career as a principal investigators.

Previously nominated individuals who were not selected as Laureates in past Awards cycles may be nominated again. Past faculty winners of the Blavatnik Regional Awards are not eligible.

The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists welcomes nominations from underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

Anyone interested in being considered as one of Vanderbilt’s nominees must submit the following (in PDF format) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5 p.m. on Oct. 24.

1. Brief statement of support from department chair/center director;
2. A brief CV or NIH Biosketch;
3. A summary of the nominee’s most significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments(1,000 word maximum, 10-point Ariel font). Citations do not count towards the word limit, and up to one figure is allowed. The statement should address how the candidate's research has broadly impacted science and how it meets the Blavatnik Award's following criteria:
a) Quality: The extent to which the work is reliable, valid, credible, and scientifically rigorous.
b) Impact: The extent to which the work addresses an important problem and is influential in the candidate's field.
c) Novelty: The extent to which the work challenges existing paradigms, employs new methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question.
d) Promise: Future prospects in the nominee’s field and potential for further significant contributions to science

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email.

Once received, all proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that will choose the final nominees. The chosen nominees will submit a full proposal to the foundation by the Nov. 25 deadline.