University of Southern California


2021 Blavatnik National Awards

Update: Blavatnik nominations were coordinated by the Executive Vice Provost’s office. If you have any questions about Blavatnik applications/nominations, reach out to Elizabeth Graddy’s office.

Slots:                                                    3, one per each disciplinary category (see below).

Internal Deadline:                            Contact the Provost’s Office for more information.

External Deadline:                           October 28, 2020

Award Information:                         Type: Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 1 per disciplinary category

Anticipated Amount: $250,000 in unrestricted funds.

Link to Award:

Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

In addition to the candidate’s CV, the one page summary to our office should include a paragraph on each below; descriptions of each can be found here:

1. Research Summary

2. Rationale for Nomination (essentially, why you consider yourself the best candidate to represent USC)

3. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion statement

Please note, we will ensure that all candidates who have submitted proposals to our application portal for the original deadline will also be notified of this update so that they can submit an updated version of their one-page statement.

Who May Serve as PI:                     The nominee must have been born in or after 1979, currently hold a tenured or tenure-track academic faculty position (or equivalent), and currently conduct research as a PI in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry.

Purpose:                                              The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the United States’ most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.