The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences have announced a nationwide expansion of a program to identify and support the most promising faculty-rank scientists in the country.
Building on a regional program established in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York in 2007, the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists will be awarded to three scientists age 42 or younger, with each awardee receiving an unrestricted cash prize of $250,000. Nominations of promising young faculty members in three categories — physical sciences and engineering, chemistry, and life sciences — will be solicited from leading research universities, independent research institutions, and academic medical centers, as well as an advisory council comprising renowned scientists, Nobel laureates, and past Blavatnik Award winners. Applications will then be reviewed by an expert judging panel, with the winners of the inaugural awards to be honored at an awards ceremony in September 2014.
"Our goal is to celebrate America's exceptional young scientists and showcase their achievements to inspire the next generation of scientists," said Len Blavatnik, founder and chairman of Access Industries, head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, and a member of the academy's board of governors. "The Blavatnik Family Foundation is committed to supporting groundbreaking work in science and technology to address society's most pressing global problems."