September 14, 2017

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2018 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists--Life Sciences category

Vanderbilt may nominate one promising investigator with early career success in Life Sciences for the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. The awards honor exceptional young scientists by celebrating their extraordinary achievements, recognizing their inspiring promise, and accelerating their innovations. Awardees will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • born in or after 1976
  • hold a faculty position
  • conduct research as a principal investigator in Life Sciences

Guidelines for Selection:

Each nominee and their body of work will be evaluated based on the quality of their research, the impact on their respective field, the novelty of their ideas and methods, and the potential they show for future contributions to science.

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20:

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) research plan including summary budget;
  2. Brief statement of support from department chair/center director;
  3. CV or NIH Biosketch

This internal selection process is only for applications in the Life Sciences Category. VU faculty interested in applying for the Chemistry or Physical Sciences & Engineering categories may contact

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to