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Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

General Information

Program Description

The University has been invited to submit nominations for the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, a program that recognizes promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, and Chemistry. The University is permitted to nominate one faculty member for each of the three disciplinary categories. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is coordinating the review and candidate selection process for the University. Details of the internal competition below. Please note that the Blavatnik Awards are more like prizes than awards to support research. The funds go directly to the awardees and not the institution.


Schools may submit one (1) application for Penn’s internal competition.


  • Must hold a tenure-tracked faculty position, and the candidate must be an assistant professor in their first tenure-track position. Research associates, research professors, adjunct professors, etc. are not eligible for this award.
  • Must have completed Ph.D. or M.D. residency within 12 years of award year. Agilent will consider eligibility extensions in certain circumstances – refer to the FAQ webpage for details.
  • Candidate’s work must be aligned with the Focus Topic.
  • For any sponsored research projects, the applicant must be eligible to serve as Principal Investigator for the project, unless otherwise noted in the LSO. Please see Penn’s PI Eligibility requirements to ensure you are eligible.

Award Information

  • An unrestricted research award of $120K to be distributed in 2 years to a university in the professor’s name.
  • Option to use all or part of award to obtain Agilent products at 50% discount.
  • Option to accelerate payments for equipment with a list price over $120K.
  • The winner will receive an engraved plaque commemorating award, presented in a suitable ceremony.
  • The winner is invited to make a presentation at an Agilent site (at Agilent’s expense).
  • Winner’s name, photo and research highlights will be featured on the AECPA website.

Review Process

Selection Criteria

  • Alignment with the 2024 Focus Topic: Contributions to environmental sustainability through development of green analytical technologies, methods, or laboratory working environments.
  • Significant original research contributions enabling solutions of importance to Agilent and the world (ref: sustainable lab solutions; my green lab)
  • Innovation and outstanding potential for future research contributions

OVPR Internal Review Process

Each school may nominate one (1) candidate. Applications must include the following:

  1. Cover Page which includes:
    • Project title
    • Candidate name, department, address, phone, email
    • Date of faculty appointment to the University including Month and Year
  2. Summary of Research (maximum 2 pages; must include the below 3 sections).
    1. Section 1: Areas of expertise
    2. Section 2: Contributions related to Focus Topic
    3. Section 3: Relevance to Agilent and the world
  3. A CV (maximum 3 pages).
  4. All materials must be submitted in a single pdf document in the above order to by January 16th, 2024.
  5. Subject line of the email should be, AGILENT_applicant LAST name_applicant FIRST name.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to identify the two finalists for the University.