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What is the Annual BCI Award?

The International Annual BCI-Research Award, endowed with 3,000 USD, is one of the top accolades in BCI research. The Award was created to recognize outstanding and innovative research in the field of Brain-Computer Interfaces. The Award is open to any brain-computer interface research worldwide and 12 projects are nominated before the winner is announced.


  • The 12 nominated projects will be invited to submit a chapter to be published
    in a book (Springer).
  • The winner gets 3,000 USD, the 2nd place 2,000 USD and the 3rd place 1,000 USD!
  • The BCI-award is donated by g.tec, a leading provider of BCI research equipment located in Austria.
  • The competition is open to any BCI group worldwide. There is no limitation or special consideration for the type of hardware and software used in the submission.



We have a vital interest in promoting excellence in the field of BCI. Achieving our goal to make BCIs more powerful, more intelligent and more applicable for patients’ and caregivers’ everyday lives strongly relies on a creative research community worldwide.

The Annual BCI Research Award allows us to look back at highlights of BCI research in 20 years and to see how the field changed.

– Dr. Christoph Guger, CEO at g.tec.

#Interview "Interview"

“An Implanted BCI for Real-Time Cortical Control of Functional Wrist and Finger Movements in a Human with Quadriplegia”



Gaurav Sharma, Ph.D.

Read the interview with the winner of the
BCI Award 2016 about his project
on the g.tec Blog.

#Submission "Submission"

Submission for 2017 is closed!

How to submit your project?

Write a clear description in English that should not exceed 2 pages. The document has to include your full name(s), contact information, project title, brief description and current status of the work, images, figures and tables (if needed). Send the document as a pdf file to bci·award2017(Ca)gtec·at before the indicated deadline. All projects will be treated confidentially.

  • The 12 top-ranked nominees will be informed about one month before the ceremony.
  • Nominees should attend the BCI Meeting 2017 or send a delegate to receive the nomination or the award.
  • The 12 nominated projects will be invited to publish their work in the “BCI State-Of-The-Art” book series by Springer.

Scoring Criteria

The jury will score the submitted projects on the basis of a list of criteria. Your project should get high scores in several of the criteria to get a high ranking. Thus, you should consider the following questions when writing your submission:

  • Does the project include a novel application of the BCI?
  • Is there any new methodological approach used compared to earlier projects?
  • Is there any new benefit for potential users of a BCI?
  • Is there any improvement in terms of speed of the system (e.g. bit/min)?
  • Is there any improvement in terms of accuracy of the system?
  • Does the project include any results obtained from real patients or other potential users?
  • Does the approach work online/in real-time?
  • Is there any improvement in terms of usability?
  • Does the project include any novel hardware or software developments?


deadline extended!

June 30th, 2017


1st place:     USD 3,000
2nd place:    USD 2,000
3rd place:     USD 1,000
#Jury "Jury"

The 2017 Jury






Winner 2016



















#Nominees "Nominees"

The Nominees for 2017

This year, again a huge amount of top-level research projects were submitted from all over the world.
The jury, chaired by Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, carefully scored 12 nominated projects:


Takufumi Yanagisawa1–6*, Ryohei Fukuma1,3,4,7, Ben Seymour8,9, Koichi Hosomi1,10, Haruhiko Kishima1, Takeshi Shimizu1,10, Hiroshi Yokoi11, Masayuki Hirata1,4, Toshiki Yoshimine1,4, Yukiyasu Kamitani3,7,12, Youichi Saitoh1,10

BCI prosthetic hand to control phantom limb pain

1 Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan.
2 Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan.
3 ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan.
4 CiNet Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Osaka, Japan.
5 JST PRESTO, Osaka, Japan.
6 Osaka University, Japan.
7 Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara, Japan.
8 University of Cambridge, UK.
9 National Institute for Information and Communications Technology, Osaka, Japan.
10 Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan.
11 The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan.
12 Kyoto University, Japan.

Mariska J Vansteensel1, Elmar GM Pels1, Martin G. Bleichner2, Mariana P. Branco1, Timothy Denison3, Zachary V. Freudenburg1, Peter Gosselaar1, Sacha Leinders1, Thomas H. Ottens4, Max A Van Den Boom1, Peter C. Van Rijen1, Erik J. Aarnoutse1, Nick F Ramsey1

Implantable Communication Brain-Computer Interface for Home-Use in Locked-In Syndrome

1 Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, University Medical Center Utrecht, Dept Neurology and Neurosurgery, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584 CX Utrecht, The Netherlands.
2 Neuropsychology Lab, Department of Psychology, European Medical School, Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all, University of Oldenburg, Ammerländer Heerstrasse 114-118, 26129 Oldenburg, Germany.
3 Neuromodulation Core Technology, 7000 Central Ave NE, Medtronic PLC, Minneapolis, 55432, USA.
4 University Medical Center Utrecht, Dept Anesthesiology, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584 CX Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Tomislav Milekovic1,*, Marco Capogrosso1,2,*, David Borton1,3,*, Fabien Wagner1,£, Eduardo Martin Moraud2,£, Jean-Baptiste Mignardot1, Nicolas Buse4, Jerome Gandar1, Quentin Barraud1, David Xing3, Elodie Rey1, Simone Duis1, Yang Jianzhong5, Wai Kin D. Ko5, Qin Li5,6, Peter Detemple6, Tim Denison4, Silvestro Micera2,8,&, Erwan Bezard5,6,9,10,&, Jocelyne Bloch11,&, Grégoire Courtine1,11

A brain-spine interface to alleviate gait deficits after spinal cord injury

1 International foundation for Research in Paraplegia chair in Spinal Cord Repair, Center for Neuroprosthetics and Brain Mind Institute, School of Life Sciences, EPFL, Switzerland.
2 Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Translational Neuroengineering, Center for Neuroprosthetics and Institute of Bioengineering, School of Bioengineering, EPFL, Switzerland.
3 School of Engineering, Brown University, USA.
4 Medtronic, USA.
5 Motac neuroscience Ltd., UK.
6 Institute of Lab Animal Sciences, China Academy of Medical Sciences, China.
7 Fraunhofer ICT-IMM, Germany.
8 The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy.
9 University of Bordeaux, Institut des Maladies Neurodégénératives, UMR 5293, France.
10 CNRS, Institut des Maladies Neurodégénératives, UMR 5293, France; 11 Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Switzerland.
*, £, & contributed equally to this work.

Ujwal Chaudhary1,2, Aygul Rana1, Azim Malekshahi1, Stefano Silvoni3, Niels Birbaumer1,2

Brain Computer Interface for Communication with Patients in Completely Locked-in State

1 Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, University of Tuebingen.
2 Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering, Genéva, Switzerland.
3 Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany.

Stephanie Martin1,2, Peter Brunner3,4, Iñaki Iturrate1, José del R. Millán1, Gerwin Schalk3,4, Robert T. Knight2,5 & Brian N. Pasley

Individual word classification during imagined speech

1 Defitech Chair in Brain-Machine Interface, Center for Neuroprosthetics, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
2 Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
3 National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY, USA
4 Department of Neurology, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, USA
5 Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Surjo R. Soekadar, Matthias Witkowski, Cristina Gómez, Eloy Opisso, Josep Medina, Mario Cortese, Marco Cempini, Maria Chiara Carrozza, Leonardo G. Cohen, Niels Birbaumer, Nicola Vitiello

Restoration of finger movements in everyday life environments using a hybrid brain/neural hand exoskeleton

University Hospital of Tübingen, Germany.

David Hübner*1, Pieter-Jan Kindermans*2, Thibault Verhoeven3, Klaus-Robert Müller2,4,5, Michael Tangermann1

Rethinking BCI Paradigm and Machine Learning Algorithm as a Symbiosis: Zero Calibration, Guaranteed Convergence and High Decoding Performance

1 Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany.
2 Berlin Institute of Technology, Germany.
3 Ghent University, Belgium.
4 Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
5 Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen, Germany.
* These authors contributed equally.

Takasaki K1, Liu F2, Hiramato M2, Okuyama K2, Kawakami M2, Mizuno K2, Kasuga S1,3, Noda T4, Morimoto J4, Fujiwara T5, Ushiba J*, Liu M2

Targeted up-conditioning of contralesional corticospinal pathways promotes motor recovery in poststroke patients with severe chronic hemiplegia

1 Department of Biosciences and Informatics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, Japan.
2 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine, Japan.
3 Keio Institute of Pure and Applied Science (KiPAS), Japan.
4 ATR Computational Neuroscience Labs, Japan.
5 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Japan.
* Corresponding author.

Korostenskaja, M.1,2,3, RaviPrakash, H.4, Bagci, U.4, Lee, K.H.3, Chen, P.C.1,3, Salinas, C.3, Baumgartner, J.3, Castillo, E.2,3

Gold Standard for epilepsy/tumor surgery coupled with deep learning offers independence to a promising functional mapping modality

1 Functional Brain Mapping and Brain Computer Interface Lab, Florida Hospital for Children, Orlando, FL, USA.
2 MEG Lab, Florida Hospital for Children, Orlando, FL, USA.
3 Florida Epilepsy Center, Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL, USA.
4 Center for Research in Computer Vision, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA.

Ori Cohen1,2, Dana Doron3, Moshe Koppel3, Rafael Malach4, Doron Friedman1

High Performance BCI in Controlling an Avatar Using the Missing Hand Representation in Long Term Amputees

1 the Advanced Reality Lab, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC H.), P.O. Box 167 Herzliya, 46150, Israel.
2 the Department of Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University Ramat-Gan, 52900 Israel.
3 the Department of Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel.
4 the Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel.

S. Aliakbaryhosseinabadi1, E. N. Kamavuako1, N. Jiang2, D. Farina3, N. Mrachacz-Kersting1

Online adaptive brain-computer interface with attention variations

1 Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, DK-9220 Aalborg, Denmark.
2 Department of Systems Design Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada.
3 Imperial College London, London, UK.

Birgit Nierula1,2, Maria V. Sanchez-Vives1,2,3,4

Which BCI paradigm is better to induce agency or sense of control over movements?

1 Institut d’Investigacions Biomè diques August Pi I S unyer (IDIBAPS ), Rosselló 149-153, 08036 Barcelona, Spain.
2 Event-Lab, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology, Universitat de Barcelona, Passeig de la Vall d'Hebron 171, 08035 Barcelona, Spain.
3 Institució Catalana Recerca i Estudis Avançats (IC R E A), Passeig Lluís Companys 23, 08010 Barcelona, Spain.
4 Departamento de Psicología Básica, Universitat de Barcelona, Passeig de la Valld'Hebron 171, 08035 Barcelona, Spain.

#Ceremony "Ceremony"

The Award Ceremony


… takes place on Wednesday September 20th, 2017 at the 7th International BCI Conference 2017.

Institute of Neural Engineering at Graz University of Technology, Stremayrgasse 16/IV | 8010 Graz | Austria

Institute of Neural Engineering - BCI Graz


Awarded by Aalborg University


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