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2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel

Awards to Israel Young Researchers for Excellence in
Chemistry, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Engineering

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Blavatnik Family Foundation, New York Academy of Scientists, and Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Deadline Date:

06/26/19 11:59 PM IST


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Awards to Israel young researchers holding faculty rank at an eligible Israeli university to recognize excellence in the fields of chemistry, life sciences, and physical sciences and engineering. Nominations are invited on behalf of individuals demonstrating quality and novel research, impact in their field, and potential for significant contributions for their field.

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.

2020 Award Laureates are expected to:
- Attend the Blavatnik Awards in Israel Ceremony in Jerusalem, Israel in Spring 2020*. Laureates are required to deliver a short presentation on their work at the ceremony.
- Participate in Blavatnik Awards related media activities and inquiries (e.g., video interviews, magazine profile interviews, eBriefings, etc.)

The Foundation asks that nominees consider potential scheduling conflicts should they be selected as a Laureate in advance of submitting their nomination materials. Award related media and publication activities are scheduled to begin prior to the Award ceremony when Blavatnik Awards in Israel Laureates are notified of their status.

Costs of round–trip travel to Jerusalem for the ceremony will be covered through the Blavatnik Awards program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182365

Number of Grants:

One laureate will be selected in each of the three categories.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each laureate will receive US $100,000 in unrestricted funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The nominee must:
- Have been born in or after 1978.
- Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
- Currently hold an academic appointment at a university or independent research institution in Israel. For nominees that hold a dual or joint appointment at more than one institution, the nominee must be employed by the nominating institution at least 50% full-time effort.
- Currently conduct research in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry.

The Blavatnik Awards strongly encourages the nomination of women and candidates from underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

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Important Dates
- May 1, 2019: Nominations open for 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel
- June 26, 2019: Nominations close for 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel
- July 10, 2019: Letters of support due for 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel
- Winter 2020: 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel Laureates publicly announced
- Spring 2020: 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel ceremony in Jerusalem

Age limit exceptions will be considered by the New York Academy of Sciences in exceptional circumstances upon a detailed written submission from the nominating institution received by the Academy via email no later than Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

Nominations must be submitted using the online nomination system between Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 11:59 PM IST.

Letter writers must upload letters of support by 11:59 PM IST on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

Candidates for the 2020 Blavatnik Awards in Israel must be nominated by their institutions. Each institution may submit up to nine nominations, three in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Non-winning nominees from prior Blavatnik Awards nomination cycles are eligible to be re-nominated by their institutions as one of their nine nominees for the 2020 Awards, as long as they still meet all eligibility requirements.

Institutional nominations must be submitted by the institution’s President or equivalent, Provost or equivalent, or their official designee. Institutions must send a brief statement via email naming the official designees as nominators 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.


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