As part of its Biotechnology Initiative, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) is currently accepting nominations for its 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders in Biotech awards program.  The Foundation seeks to recognize 40 innovators under the age of 40 in biotechnology, a cutting-edge field that holds much promise for Ukraine’s economic future.  Despite its great biotechnology potential, Ukraine currently ranks only 53rd out of 54 countries assessed in the Biotechnology Innovation Scorecard compiled by thinkBiotech.

Through its Biotechnology Initiative, USUF aims to advance the state of biotech in Ukraine by fostering educational, research and business development in the sector and raising international awareness about biotech opportunities in Ukraine.  The Foundation envisions providing support to Ukrainian students, researchers and entrepreneurs who wish to engage with the American biotech community through educational exchanges, attendance at conferences and participation in trade shows.  To facilitate this process, USUF recently became a member of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, the world’s largest biotech association, the mission of which is to help “create an environment for successful innovation across healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology which is transforming how we heal, fuel and feed the world.”

Nominations for the U.S. – Ukraine Foundation’s “40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders in Biotech” Awards can be submitted online by clicking the button below. Candidates for the awards may nominate themselves or be nominated by others. All nominations must be made via our online web portal (use the button below) and all submissions and supporting reference letters must be submitted via this portal no later than March 31, 2018.   The Foundation’s Biotech Advisory Board will review the applications and select the top 40 nominees on a competitive basis for their innovations or other contributions to the biotechnology field in Ukraine.  USUF seeks to recognize the biotech achievements of the nominees based on such criteria as leadership in the field, entrepreneurial accomplishments, potential for commercialization of their research, current or future impact of their research or innovation, and/or overall benefit of their activity or innovation to Ukrainian society.

Honorees will be recognized at the Foundation’s 40 Under 40 award ceremony and the top eight awardees within the group, as determined by USUF’s Biotech Advisory Board, will receive a special prize: four of them will receive a cash award of $2500.00 and another four will have the opportunity to participate in a biotech forum in the United States, with travel and lodging expenses covered by The U.S. – Ukraine Foundation.  Thus, a total of $25,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded by USUF in this award competition.

USUF’s Biotechnology Initiative was launched in the fall of 2017 thanks to a generous gift from Irene Hoffman, a Ukrainian-American biotechnology entrepreneur from North Carolina.

Eligibility:  To be considered for this award, a nominee must be a citizen of Ukraine, currently residing in Ukraine, and working or studying in the Biotechnology field.  Persons born before January 1, 1978, are NOT eligible to receive an award and will not be considered.

Additional Application Guidance:

All application materials, including supporting letters of reference, must be submitted to the USUF IN ENGLISH electronically via our web portal no later than April 30, 2018.

All “self-nominating” applicants in this category must provide two (2) reference letters which must be submitted by the reference provider directly to the U.S. – Ukraine Foundation electronically via our web portal no later than  April 30, 2018.

Persons nominating others for the award (i.e., “the proposer”)  must provide a letter of reference as well as contact information for a second reference along with the electronic application form. The second reference letter must be submitted by the reference provider directly to the U.S. – Ukraine Foundation electronically via our web portal no later than April 30, 2018.

All reference letters should describe the character and achievements of the candidate and the invention or other significant contribution made by the Nominee in the field of Biotechnology. Reference letters should not exceed 3500 characters in length.