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2021 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel

Awards to Israel Young Researchers to
Recognize Excellence in Science and Engineering

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

06/24/20 11:59 PM IST

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Awards to Israel scientists holding faculty rank at an eligible Israeli university to recognize impact in a range of science and engineering fields. Nominations are invited on behalf of individual investigators demonstrating quality and innovation in their research, impact in their field, and the potential for significant contributions for their field. Funding is intended for young scientists conducting research in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and chemistry.

Eligible Categories: 

  • Life Sciences 
    • Agricultural & Animal Sciences
    • Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology
    • Clinical Medicine & Epidemiology
    • Computational Biology, Bioinformatics & Systems Biology
    • Developmental Biology
    • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
    • Genetics & Genomics
    • Immunology
    • Microbiology
    • Molecular & Cellular Biology
    • Neuroscience
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering 
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Astrophysics & Cosmology 
    • Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Materials Science & Nanotechnology
    • Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
    • Nuclear & Plasma Physics
    • Particle Physics
    • Physical Earth Sciences
    • Theoretical Physics
  • Chemistry
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Biochemistry & Structural Biology
    • Chemical Biology
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Environmental Chemistry & Biogeochemistry
    • Green Chemistry
    • Inorganic & Solid-State Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Physical Chemistry
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • Synthetic Chemistry
    • Theoretical Chemistry

2021 Award Laureates are expected to:

  • Attend the Blavatnik Awards in Israel Ceremony in Jerusalem on April 18, 2021.
  • Laureates are required to deliver a short presentation on their work at the ceremony.  Blavatnik Awards staff will work closely with the Laureate to craft this presentation, which must be accessible to a general audience. 
  • Participate in Blavatnik Awards related media activities and inquiries (e.g., video interviews, magazine profile interviews, eBriefings, etc.)
  • Participate in all rehearsals, briefings, and other events related to the Ceremony. Your presence will be required in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on April 17th–18th, 2021.
  • Attend the Blavatnik Science Symposium in New York City during the summer of 2021.  Laureates will be invited to deliver a short presentation on their research to their fellow Blavatnik Awards honorees and representatives of the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
  • Respond to all requests and provide deliverables in a timely manner to facilitate compliance with the above expectations.

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. Indirect costs are not applied to the award. Costs of round-trip travel to Jerusalem for the ceremony will be covered through the Blavatnik Awards program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The nominee must:
- Have been born in or after 1979.
- Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
- Currently hold an academic appointment at an invited institution in Israel. For a list of participant institutions, see http://blavatnikawards.org/awards/israel-awards/eligible-institutions/.
- Currently conduct research as a principal investigator 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.

All nominees will be judged solely on their accomplishments as independent investigators. A nominee’s “independent career” encompasses any research or work performed as an independent research scientist. In most cases, this work will have been performed after a postdoctoral appointment or doctoral thesis has been completed. Work performed as a doctoral student or postdoctoral scientist will not be considered.

For nominees holding 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- April 29, 2020: Nominations open for 2021 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel
- June 3, 2020: Eligibility exception letters due
- June 24, 2020, 11:59 PM IST: Nominations close for 2021 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel
- July 8, 2020, 11:59 PM IST: Letters of support due for 2021 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel
- January 2021: 2021 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel Laureates publicly announced
- April 18, 2021: 2021 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel Awards Ceremony in Jerusalem

Age limit exceptions will be considered by the Blavatnik Family Foundation in exceptional circumstances upon a detailed written submission from the nominating institution received by the New York Academy of Sciences by Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Candidates for the Blavatnik Awards in Israel must be nominated by their institutions—self-nominations are not allowed.

Each institution may submit up to nine nominations, three in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Nominating institutions are encouraged to consider candidates across the institution, focusing on the scope of the candidate's work and its relevance within a given scientific category. For example, an institution can nominate a Chemistry nominee who is not based in the Chemistry Department but is leading a research program in one of the disciplinary categories covered by the Chemistry section of the Blavatnik Awards.

Institutional nominations must be submitted by the institution's Vice Chancellor, President, Pro-Vice Chancellor, or equivalent, or their official designee.

Members of the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) may also submit nominations for the 2021 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel. These nominations do not count towards an institution's limit of three nominees.

SAC members may submit unlimited nominees, but may only nominate one candidate from any given institution.

All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted in English.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The online nomination system will be available starting from April 29th at http://blavatnikfoundation.org/.

For all other inquiries, contact the Blavatnik Awards team at blavatnikawardsisrael@nyas.org or (+1)212.298.8626.

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