Nominees Sought for the 2019 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been invited to nominate faculty for the 2019 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.

CoSA Deadline October 11, 5 PM (submit single pdf to for submission by the nominator
Blavatnik Deadline November 14, 2019

The national competition recognizes and celebrates America’s most innovative and promising faculty-rank scientists and engineers in three disciplinary categories: Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences. Each year, one nominee in each category is awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funding and honored at the Blavatnik National Awards ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as a Blavatnik National Awards Laureate. The Awards recognize exceptional accomplishments in three disciplines, with one winner per category receiving $250,000 in unrestricted funds. The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists strives for nominee equality and diversity, and strongly encourages the nomination of women and members of other historically underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

Each institution may nominate up to three candidates, one in each disciplinary category (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry).

Evaluation Criteria
The candidate and his/her work 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 candidate’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 candidate’s field and potential for further significant contributions to science.

To choose Mount Sinai’s candidate(s), the nominator, a Department Chair, Division Chief or Institute Director should submit as a single pdf to

  1. Candidate’s name, date of birth, title, contact information and disciplinary category.
  2. Nominator’s name, title, and contact information.
  3. Nominator’s Rationale for Nomination (200-word maximum) that explains why the nominee should be selected as the institutional nominee based on his/her strong record of significant independent scientific contributions, early career success, and promise of sustained or accelerated progress in the future.
  4. Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae in format recommended by the award: see attachment and
  5. Names of two recommenders familiar with nominee’s scientific contributions who will provide letters of support. 
  6. Candidate’s Research Summary (1,000 word maximum).

a candidate must:

Have been born in or after 1977. Age limit exceptions will be considered by the Academy in exceptional circumstances upon a detailed written submission from the nominating institution received by the Academy at no later than Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
• Have earned a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
• Currently conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry.
• Have made significant research contributions to the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and/or chemistry during his/her independent career as a principal investigator
Please note that although this award is for “young scientists”, the winners have highly significant independent findings.

Additional information is also available on the website at:


NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Application Cycle Opens September 1st

Are you a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident who spends and will continue to spend at least 20 hours per week on research?  Do you have a doctoral degree (M.D., or Ph.D. or equivalent)?*  Is your educational debt at least 20% of your annual salary? If the answer is YES to all of these questions, you are encouraged to apply to the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP).

Awardees can receive up to $70,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year contract. Please share this valuable information with your colleagues!

The LRP application cycle is open from September 1st – November 15th. Go to to learn more about eligibility requirements, application dates, and many benefits of the program.

Get Ready for the New Application Cycle!

* All LRP recipients must have doctoral degrees with the exception of the LRP-CIR for Contraception and Infertility Research.


GCO New Staff and Promotions

The Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) is pleased to announce a new staff addition and promotions as well.

Victoria Speziale joins the GCO team as a Grants Specialist serving the departments of Clinical Immunology/Medicine, Genetics and Genomics, Neurosurgery, OB-GYN and Reproductive Science, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Rheumatology/Medicine while Sarah Sanders is on leave.  Victoria previously worked as a Senior Contracts Coordinator at Northwell Health and has approximately 3 years of prior grants and contracts management experience including working with InfoEd.

Michelle Yoon has been promoted to Senior Grants Specialist having served as Grants Specialist II for 2 years in the GCO.  Michelle came to the GCO with 7 years of experience as a clinical research coordinator at Mount Sinai.

Amanda Amescua has been promoted from Assistant Director to Associate Director after approximately 1 year which indicates how competent she is in this leadership position.  Previously Amanda served as a Senior Grants Specialist for 3 years in the GCO.   Amanda has an additional approximate 10 years of prior sponsored project administration experience including positions at Columbia University Medical Center, Duke University Medical Center, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Please join us in congratulating our talented and hardworking staff.


Research Using Cellular Therapy

In recognition of the growth of clinical research utilizing cellular therapy, research administration leadership is working to ensure that we establish the proper regulatory and operational procedures to support this important work.  Effective immediately, Dr. Jeffrey Jhang, Director of Blood Bank and Transfusion Services, will manage the regulatory review as part of the established Ideate review process.   

We encourage you to contact Dr. Jhang or Dr. Luis Isola, Director of the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program, early in the process of developing your protocol to review the feasibility of the proposed work and to confirm proper resource allocation.