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What is the Annual BCI Award?


The International BCI Award, endowed with 6,000 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 BCI Award Foundation organizes the annual BCI Award and guarantees scientific objectivity by assigning an independent and international jury assembled with world-leading BCI experts who work with invasive and non-invasive BCI in both research and clinical environments to judge the submitted projects. The BCI Award Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 in Austria, chaired by Christoph Guger and Gerwin Schalk.  

This competition is open to any BCI researcher or group worldwide. 12 projects are nominated before the winner is announced at the BCI Award Ceremony.


  • 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.


The BCI Award is a very prestigious prize that attracts leading groups developing neural prostheses. I have seen a steady increase in the award’s popularity and the quality of submitted projects. Importantly, nominated projects are presented in an annual book series, which presents a collection of the best BCI studies conducted each year.

I foresee that the BCI Award will become an equivalent of a Nobel prize in the field of brain interfaces, and it will define the key directions in this growing research field.


– Mikhail A. Lebedev, PhD
Duke University Medical Center

#Interview "Interview"

Decoding Inner Speech: Utopia or Reality?



The goal was to decode inner speech and to provide an assistive technology to people who can’t talk or communicate.



Stephanie Martin, Ph.D.

Read the interview with the 2nd place winner of the BCI Award 2017 about her research "Decoding Inner Speech" on the g.tec Blog.


#Submission "Submission"



  1. Write a clear description in English that does not exceed 2 pages.
  2. Include your full name(s), contact information, project title, brief description and current status of the work, images, figures and tables (if needed).
  3. Additionally, make a short film to explain the subject matter of your BCI project submission. It should be one minute long at the most and has to be spoken or subtitled in English.
  4. Send the document as a .pdf file and the short film to submit (submit(Ca)bci-award·com)( (submit(Ca)bci-award·com)C (submit(Ca)bci-award·com)a (submit(Ca)bci-award·com)) (submit(Ca)bci-award·com)bci-award (submit(Ca)bci-award·com)· (submit(Ca)bci-award·com)com (submit(Ca)bci-award·com) before the indicated deadline (June 1, 2019).
  5. Attend the 8th BCI Conference 2019 in Graz (Austria) or send a delegate to receive the nomination or the award in person. The 12 top-ranked nominees will be informed about 2 months before the BCI Award 2019 Ceremony

All projects will be treated confidentially.


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?


The 12 nominated projects will be invited to publish their work in the “BCI State-Of-The-Art” book series by Springer.


Submission deadline

June 1st, 2019

1st place:     USD 3,000
2nd place:    USD 2,000
3rd place:     USD 1,000
Short film
For the BCI Award 2019, it is required to additionally submit a short film to explain the subject matter of your BCI project submission.
All nominees will present their submissions at the Poster Session during the 8th BCI Conference 2019 in Graz!
#Jury "Jury"

The Jury of 2019


Michael Tangermann

Chair 2019
Freiburg University (DE)



Abidemi Bolu Ajiboye

Winner 2018
Case Western Reserve University Ohio (US)



Rossella Spataro

University of Palermo (IT)




Michael Smith

University of California, Berkeley (US)



Keiichi Kitajo

Riken Center for Brain Science
National Institute for Physiological Sciences (JP)



Selina Wriessnegger

Graz University of Technology (AT)
Institute of Neural Engineering


#Ceremony "Ceremony"

The 2019 BCI Award Ceremony


… takes place on September 17th, 2019 at the
8th Graz Brain-Computer Interface Conference 2019.

Graz University of Technology, Austria
Stremayrgasse 16, 8020 Graz, Austria


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