2021 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists

The Office of Research and the Graduate School invite faculty advisors to nominate postdoctoral researchers for the Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists, which celebrate the excellence of outstanding postdoctoral scientists from institutions in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut working in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Three winners will each receive $30,000 in unrestricted funds and six finalists will each receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds. Nominations are requested from postdoctoral faculty advisors. Faculty Advisors should work with their postdoctoral researchers to compile and submit the application materials. However, the faculty member must initiate the application in the Syracuse University Application Portal. Self-nominations are not allowed.

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Program Information: Link to external program announcement
Number of Internal Nominees: 15
Internal Submission Due Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 27, 2021

The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1979*.
  • Hold a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Hold a postdoctoral position at Syracuse University.
  • Currently conduct research in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry

*Age limit exceptions will be considered in exceptional circumstances upon a detailed written submission.

Application Materials

The following materials are required for the application.

  • Nominator’s name, title, and contact information
  • Nominee’s name, date of birth, title, contact information, and disciplinary category
  • Names and email addresses for two letter of support writers familiar with the nominee’s scientific contributions (letters will be requested if the nomination is submitted to the sponsor)
  • Nominator’s Rationale for Nomination (200 words maximum).
  • Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae (4-page maximum)
  • Nominee’s Research Summary (1,000-words maximum)
  • Full-text publications and/or patents representing the nominee’s work (up to 4)

Evaluation criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate submissions for nomination:

  • 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, advances scientific progress, and is influential in the nominee’s field, related fields,or beyond, and/or has the potential to benefit society.
  • Novelty: The extent to which the work challenges existing paradigms, employs new methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question.
  • Promise: Nominee’s potential for an independent career and further significant contributions to science or science-related fields.

For general questions about Blavatnik rules and eligibility requirements, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.

For internal nomination questions, please contact Chetna Chianese at cchianes@syr.edu.

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