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Award at a Glance

Award amount: $500 plus reimbursement of early registration fee to the American Physiology Summit  

Deadline: November 10

Questions? Contact: Contact Kamal Rahmouni, PhD, NCAR Chair

Who Can Apply: APS members at the rank of associate professor or higher 

Applicants requiring dependent care during American Physiology Summit are also encouraged to apply for the APS Dependent Support Travel Award.

Award Description

The Neural The Neural Control & Autonomic Regulation (NCAR) Section of the American Physiological Society (APS) honors the life of APS member Linda F. Hayward through the development of the Linda F. Hayward Achievement Award. This award recognizes a world-renowned, distinguished mid-career physiologist who self-identifies as a woman, for her promising research in physiology regulated by the autonomic nervous system and related diseases. The recipient is chosen by the NCAR Section Steering Committee as a woman who represents outstanding achievements in understanding autonomic regulation. The recipient’s body of research should stimulate interest in, and growth of, the research in the field. Applicants’ commitment to encouraging historically marginalized or excluded groups to enter the scientific enterprise and/or efforts to be an effective mentor that diversifies the scientific community should be addressed in the application materials. Applicants who are underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences as outlined by the National Institutes of Health, as well as members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, are strongly encouraged to apply.

About Linda Hayward

After completing postdoctoral training at the University of Iowa, Linda F. Hayward, PhD, moved to the University of Florida, and in 2004, became the second woman in the Department of Physiological Sciences to achieve tenure. She demonstrated a contagious curiosity for understanding the central circuits responsible for the regulation of cardiac function and made significant contributions to the autonomic neuroscience community. Hayward also devoted herself to serving as an inspiring and effective role model to students and junior faculty. In this role, she was a tireless advocate for diversity and equity in all aspects of life. In 2020, she passed away, far too early, after a five-year courageous fight with breast cancer. 


The applicant must:

  • be a member of APS;
  • hold a faculty position of associate professor or higher with proven innovative achievements; and 
  • demonstrate original and noteworthy contributions to the advancement of autonomic regulation in all aspects of the discipline are considered in the selection process (research impact, participation in APS or other autonomic-related societies, dissemination of knowledge through writings and conferences, mentoring of investigators within the autonomic community and other related activities).

Prior recipients of the award are not eligible for renomination, but nominations of those who did not previously receive the award are welcome and encouraged for resubmission. 


The application package includes: 

  • two or more letters of recommendation that highlight the nominee's accomplishments. This includes addressing major contributions to:
    • the field of neural control and autonomic regulation;
    • supporting, mentoring and/or encouraging scientists and students from historically marginalized or excluded groups; and
    • future contributions and plans regarding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • curriculum vitae (CV)

The awardee is expected to actively participate in NCAR functions at the American Physiology Summit and to attend the NCAR reception and business meeting to receive the award.

Applications are only accepted via online submission.