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Award at a Glance

Award amount: $500 + reimbursement of advanced registration to Experimental Biology 

Application deadline: November 14

Questions? Contact: Sections Administrator

Who can apply: Applicants must be a graduate student, postdoc or early career. Must be APS members in good standing with primary affiliation to the NCAR Section.

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Award Description

The Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation (NCAR) Research Recognition Awards provide travel support to 1 graduate student, 2 postdoctoral research fellows and 1 early career investigator to present meritorious research at the annual Experimental Biology Meeting.

  • Graduate student must have completed post candidacy exams, as certified in the advisor/chair letter;
  • Postdoctoral or clinical fellows must be within 5 years of degree [month/year] by the date of award reception and the early career investigator must have completed postdoctoral training with an academic rank not higher than that of Assistant Professor and be within 2 years of appointment [month/year] by the date of award reception. Research focus should be in the area of neural control and autonomic regulation.
  • Applicants must be APS members in good standing with primary affiliation to the NCAR Section.


Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • NCAR Research Recognition Award Submission Form
  • First-authored abstract of unpublished work to any appropriate NCAR topic at the Experimental Biology meeting;
  • NCAR Biosketch (use only the NCAR biosketch form provided here) written by the applicant that includes a one-page personal statement summarizing the applicants research contributions, a complete list of publications and abstracts (listed separately), any grants, fellowships and awards;
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant's advisor (graduate student, postdoc) or department/division head (early career).
  • Eligible graduate student and postdoc candidates must provide verifiable documentation of the date [month/year] of completion of the post candidacy exam (graduate students), the date date [month/year] of completion of the doctoral degree program (postdoctoral applicant), or the date [month/year] of appointment an an early career position (early career).


Award criteria will be based on current work reflected in the abstract and overall contributions to the field. Awardees will be expected to present their abstract at the NCAR Awards Featured Topic oral and poster sessions at the Experimental Biology meeting to collect the cash prize and to be recognized at the NCAR Reception and Business Meeting. While there is no limit to the number of times an individual can apply for these awards, the winner is eligible to win this award one time.

Please note: that materials in excess (eg., inclusion of extra letters beyond 2 required letters or inclusion or curriculum vitae) will be excluded from evaluation. 

Applications are only accepted via online submission.