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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists National Competition 2018

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological, Physical, and Social Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:August 18, 2017
Subject:Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists National Competition 2018


Deadline for Internal Review:September 25, 2017

Project Description

The Blavatnik Family Foundation is providing critical support to seed innovative work in science and technology that will address society’s most pressing global problems.  These awards recognize the country’s most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Amount per award: $250,000
Duration of award: 1 Year
Number of awards: One Blavatnik Laureate in each Disciplinary Category


The nominee must:

  • Have been born in or after 1976.
  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Currently hold a faculty position.
  • Currently conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry.

UW may submit up to three nominations, one in each disciplinary category.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Please include the following information:

  • Cover Page
  • Research Summary
    (1,500-word maximum, PDF)
    Please address the following areas of award 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.


Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to Blavatnik Family Foundation by November 15, 2017.


Contact Dave Schuster (608) 263-7274 or email