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Funding & Awards

The awards below require a campus nomination process. For questions on the next round of nominations, contact External Scholarships and Fellowships Advisor Jen Green at


NYAS Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

The New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists acknowledge and celebrate the excellence of the most noteworthy young scientists and engineers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The regional competition recognize outstanding postdoctoral-rank researchers who work in disciplines in the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering with unrestricted financial prizes for both finalists and awardees.

Stony Brook University is invited to nominate its outstanding postdocs for this award each year.  Three winners will each receive $30,000 in unrestricted funds and six finalists will each receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds.  See Blavatnik Awards for more information.

Campus Nomination Deadline:  TBA

How To Apply:

Complete a nomination package, starting with the online SBU application form. Supplementary documents, listed below, should be submitted electronically to Jen Green at  Postdocs may nominate themselves.

A completed nomination package should include the following:

  1. Completed SBU online application form, which will ask for:
    1. basic biographical and contact information; and
    2. contact information for two recommenders who can attest to the candidate’s qualifications and research contributions to his/her field.
  2. CV (max: 4 pages) Please note the CV has a very particular format. PLEASE FOLLOW THE FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS. ( See example) Filename format: LastName_FirstName-CV.pdf
  3. Research Summary ( max: 1000 words, not including citations; one figure allowed) Filename format: LastName_FirstName-Summary.pdf 
  4. Full-text publications and/or patents representing the candidate’s best work (max: 4 publications) ONLY WORK PUBLISHED BY THE NOMINEE AS A POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER WILL BE CONSIDERED.
  5. Short (max: 200 words) rationale for nomination, explaining why the applicant would make a good nominee, discussing  his/her strong record of significant independent scientific contributions, early career success, and promise of sustained or accelerated progress in the future

For more details on the format and contents of each of these items, consult the Blavatnik Competition Guidelines section on “Supporting Documents.”


Blavatnik Competition Guidelines

Blavatnik FAQ for Stony Brook Postdocs

**Submission period typically December 1-January 31 of each  year**

Award notification: Late Summer/Early Fall


Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation

The Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation recognizes and honors excellence in biomedical science conducted by graduate students and postdocs with a top prize of $50,000. Applicants must submit a two-page proposal on their "dream" research idea, with CV and 2-3 representative publications. Applicants are strongly encouraged to think big and outside the box as reviewers want to see "dream" thinking if resources and technology were no limitation. 

Prize: One graduate student and one postdoctoral scholar will be selected to receive the Regeneron Prize for Outstanding Research each year.  Each prize will include a check for $50,000.  In addition, prize winners will receive a $5,000 donation to their home institution to help support their seminar series.  Semi-finalists and finalists for each prize will be awarded $5,000 (approximately 8-10 applicants for each prize will be selected for this distinction).

How to Apply: Application materials are due to External Scholarships and Fellowships Office by the on-campus deadline. Applications should be sent via e-mail to Jennifer Green at If you think you will apply, however, please send us an email as soon as you can to let us know.

Campus Nomination Deadline:  TBA

Required Application Materials:

  • The candidate's CV
  • 2-3 PDFs of representative publications by the candidate
  • The two-page research proposal (single-spaced) on a “dream” project: See Proposal Guidelines.

2017 Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation Proposal Guidelines



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