Building on a program established in the U.S. in 2007 with funding from the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel will be awarded to promising young Israeli researchers in three categories — physical sciences and engineering, chemistry, and life sciences. Nominations for the awards will be solicited from all Israeli universities, including the Technion and Weizmann Institute, with each awardee receiving an unrestricted cash prize of $100,000.
To be administered by NYAS and IASH, the program will be overseen by a scientific advisory council co-chaired by IASH member and Nobel Prize laureate Aaron Ciechanover and NYAS president and CEO Ellis Rubinstein, with the award winners to be chosen by disciplinary juries composed of some of the world’s most distinguished scientists and engineers and announced.
"Israel's universities are world-class and are long-standing collaborative partners with U.S. and other global research leaders," said Rubinstein. "The Blavatnik Awards have been a game-changer for many of the U.S.-based young researchers. We’re thrilled that the Blavatnik Awards will now recognize the quality of work Israel's rising research stars are engaged in."