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:


Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) has been invited by the Pew Scholars Program to nominate one candidate for support by the program. The aim of this program is to support assistant professors of outstanding promise in basic sciences relevant to the advancement of human health. This is an extremely prestigious award. Strong proposals will demonstrate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Previous recipients usually had an extensive publication list that includes at least one, and often more, first author publication(s) in either Science, Nature (or one of its specialty journals), Cell, and/or PNAS.

The award provides $240,000 in flexible support – $60,000 per year for a four-year period.  The applicant is expected to spend no less than 80% of their time on the project described.

Please refer to the Committee on Special Awards’ email announcement for additional details.