Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom

Oxford has been invited to submit nominations to the second annual Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom. Building on the US awards launched in 2007, the scheme seeks innovative young scientists and engineers across three subjects:

  • Chemistry
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering
  • Life Sciences

One nominee in each disciplinary category will be awarded US$100,000 in unrestricted funds and be named a Blavatnik laureate. In addition, two finalists in each category will each receive US$30,000 in unrestricted funds. The awards will be conferred at
a ceremony in London.

Oxford can only submit one nomination for each of the three subjects. Therefore an internal prioritisation process will run.

Internal process

Departments can submit a total of one nomination to the internal selection panel. Those selected by their department to apply should submit a 200 word rationale for their nomination, a CV, and a 1,000 word research summary to by noon on Tuesday 28 May. A multidisciplinary panel will then select the candidates to go forward.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 10 June.


Applicants must:

  • have been born in or after 1978.
  • hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM etc)
  • currently hold an academic position at a university or independent research institution in the UK that conducts research in the recognised categories of the awards
  • currently conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry

Selection criteria

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

Further information