Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists Expands into UK

US awards programme commits to multi-year investment in UK science, in excess of £10 million

LONDON--()--The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, a US-based awards programme established by the Blavatnik Family Foundation in 2007, is expanding to the United Kingdom, a move that will bring over £10 million of inward investment to the UK scientific community.

The awards, administered by The New York Academy of Sciences, recognise outstanding young scientists and engineers in three subject categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, and Chemistry. They provide support to scientists and engineers early in their careers, when additional funding and recognition have the greatest impact on a young scientist’s work. Over the past decade, over $4 million has been awarded to 125 scientists in the US.

The UK awards will recognise faculty-rank scientists from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England under the age of 42. Three winners (one in each category) will receive $100,000 each in unrestricted funds; two finalists in each category will receive $30,000 each. The awards provide one of the largest unrestricted cash prizes on offer for any UK scientist.

Award candidates will be nominated by their university or research institution, or through the UK Scientific Advisory Council, consisting of eminent scientists and engineers including Nobel Laureate John O’Keefe and Jackie Hunter, former CEO of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The finalists and winners will be chosen by a jury comprised of some of the world’s most distinguished scientists and engineers.

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson, said: “The UK is home to some of the world's best scientists and this is why we made science and research a central part of our Industrial Strategy - strengthening links between research and industry, ensuring more home-grown innovation creates economic growth across the country.

“The Blavatnik Awards are an excellent example of the importance of investing in our young scientists and their pioneering work that will benefit millions around the world.”

Len Blavatnik, head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, said: “The UK consistently produces some of the best scientific research in the world, building upon its remarkable history of scientific discovery and innovation. The Blavatnik Family Foundation looks forward to honouring and supporting the scientists providing solutions to society's biggest problems.”

Past Blavatnik Award winners represent some of America’s most successful young scientists. Over 90% of previous winners are now tenured at many of the world’s top research institutions, and 79% of postdoctoral winners are now tenure-track Faculty (i.e. holding the rank of assistant professor, associate professor, or professor).

Nominations for the UK Blavatnik Awards open on 3rd May 2017. The finalists and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in March 2018. Universities and research institutions can nominate candidates via www.blavatnikawards.org/awards/uk.

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About the Blavatnik Family Foundation

The Blavatnik Family Foundation is an active supporter of leading educational, scientific, cultural, and charitable institutions in the United States, Europe, and throughout the world. The Foundation is headed by Len Blavatnik, an American industrialist and philanthropist. Mr. Blavatnik is the founder and Chairman of Access Industries, a privately-held U.S. industrial group with global interests in natural resources and chemicals, media and telecommunications, real estate, technology and e-commerce. For more detailed information, please visit: www.accessindustries.com.

The New York Academy of Sciences

The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization that since 1817 has been driving innovative solutions to society’s challenges by advancing scientific research, education, and policy. With more than 20,000 Members in 100 countries, the Academy is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. Please visit us online at www.nyas.org and follow us on Twitter at @NYASciences.

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The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists is expanding to the United Kingdom, a move that will bring over £10 million of inward investment to the UK scientific community.

Contacts

Kaizo PR
Laura Burns
Tel: +44 (0)203 176 4700
Email: BlavatnikAwards@kaizo.co.uk