Inside Clemson

Young scientists can win $250K in unrestricted funds

Date Published: September 30, 2013

By Peyton N. Bullard
Media Relations intern, Office of Media Relations

Three of the country’s most promising young faculty scientists will each win an unrestricted cash prize of $250,000 as part of the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists.

The competition recognizes faculty, age 42 years and younger, in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and chemistry disciplines.

Clemson may nominate up to three candidates, one in each disciplinary category (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry).  To nominate a faculty member for this award,  please follow the guidelines listed in the Clemson Limited Submission opportunity announcement. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 22.

Winners will be announced in September 2014.

This traditionally regional competition was recently expanded nationwide as announced by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences.

“The Nobel’s about $1-million,” said philanthropist Len Blavatnik who heads the foundation. “I thought $250,000 was big enough to make it really interesting but not big enough to be scary. There are a lot of rewards for established scientists, but I don’t think young scientists get enough encouragement and support in a systematic way.”

“The long-term goal of the awards is to create a pipeline of scientific support in which established scientists choose the most outstanding young faculty-rank scientists, who then go on to mentor the next generation of would-be scientists and award winners,” said Ellis Rubinstein, president of the New York Academy of Sciences.

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