Recognizing Breakthrough Research and Discovery in Science

The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists is the largest unrestricted prize ever created for early-career scientists.

The awards, administered by the New York Academy of Sciences, recognize exceptional scientists when they need it most – in the early years of their professional careers. It is at this critical time, during promising early stage discovery, that validation and funding will make the difference between those ideas that end in the lab and those that go on to make transformative breakthroughs in science. The awards are open to scientists age 42 and younger working in the fields of Chemistry, Physical Sciences and Engineering or Life Sciences. Honorees are selected based on the quality, novelty, and impact of their research and their potential for further significant contributions to science. The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists encompass four separate award competitions:

As of 2020, there have been:

321

honorees

47

countries represented

36

scientific and engineering disciplines represented

Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm. As I watched so many distinguished scientists being recognized for their legacy of scientific breakthroughs, I wondered if such a thing existed for the gifted men and women in the early stages of their careers. What about those who show great promise to one day stand on this stage as Nobel Laureates, but who may today lack the support and validation for their research that they need to get there? The realization that there was no such program was profound. This became the inspiration for the Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists.”

– Len Blavatnik

Our History

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  • 2007

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    The Blavatnik Regional Awards are created in the United States to celebrate the outstanding postdoctoral and faculty scientists who work in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

  • 2013

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    The Blavatnik National Awards are created in the United States. The Awards grant three $250,000 prizes in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry to faculty scientists.

  • 2014

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    The Blavatnik National Awards announce its first National Laureates in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences host the first annual Blavatnik Science Symposium.

  • 2015

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    The Blavatnik National Awards receive 300 nominations representing 147 American universities and research institutions. The Blavatnik Regional Awards receive 130 postdoctoral nominations from institutions in the tri-state area

  • 2016

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    The Blavatnik Awards celebrate their 10th anniversary.

  • 2017

    The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom and the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel are established, recognizing outstanding faculty scientists and engineers in Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences.  In Israel, the New York Academy of Sciences collaborates with the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities in administering the awards.

  • 2019

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    Three women are named Blavatnik National Awards Laureates, marking the first time in Blavatnik National Awards history that the top prize is concurrently awarded to female scientists in each of the three disciplinary categories. In 2018, three women were also awarded the top prize in each category in the Blavatnik Regional Awards.