The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists honor exceptional young scientists and engineers in three disciplines - Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry
The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists honor exceptional young scientists and engineers in three disciplines - Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry - by highlighting their extraordinary achievements, recognizing exceptional promise for future discoveries, and accelerating innovation through one of the largest unrestricted prizes ever created for early-career researchers. The prizes are awarded annually to three outstanding scientists, aged 42 years or younger, who each receive US$100,000.
The Blavatnik Awards were established in 2007 by the Blavatnik Family Foundation to honor and celebrate exceptional young scientists (faculty and post-doctoral) in the United States. In March 2017, marking a decade since the establishment of the awards and as part of a cooperation agreement between the New York Academy of Sciences and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, it was announced that the Blavatnik Awards will also be offered in Israel.
All of Israel’s universities, including the Technion and the Weizmann Institute, may nominate candidates for the awards. Administered jointly by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (IASH), the Blavatnik Awards program in Israel will be overseen by a Scientific Advisory Council co-chaired by Israel Academy member and Nobel Prize Laureate Professor Aaron Ciechanover and NYAS President and CEO Ellis Rubinstein. Three Israeli winners will be chosen annually by disciplinary juries comprising some of the world’s most distinguished scientists and engineers and will be recognized as Blavatnik Awards Laureates.
The inaugural Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel will be conferred in Israel in February 2018. The Laureates will join a network of their peers as members of the Blavatnik Science Scholars community, currently comprising 185 Blavatnik Award recipients from the decade-old U.S. program. Laureates will also be invited to attend the annual Blavatnik Science Symposium in New York City each summer.