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What is the Annual BCI Award?

The International Annual BCI-Research 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 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, Chair of the BCI Award Foundation.

#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 (March 12, 2018).
  5. Attend the 7th International BCI Meeting 2018 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 2018 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.

EXTENDED Submission deadline

March 12th, 2018


1st place:     USD 3,000
2nd place:    USD 2,000
3rd place:     USD 1,000
New  requirement for submission
For the BCI Award 2018, 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 & Exhibitor Demonstrations Session 3 on May 23, 2018, 13:15-15:15 during the 7th International BCI Meeting 2018 in Asilomar!
Read more: Meeting program
#Jury "Jury"

The Jury of 2018


Kai Miller

Chair 2018
Stanford University





Winner 2017, Aalborg University



Vivek Prabhakaran

University of Wisconsin-Madison





Yijun Wang

Chinese Academy of Sciences





Milena Korostenskaja

Florida Hospital for Children



Sharlene Flesher

Stanford University


#Ceremony "Ceremony"

The 2018 Award Ceremony


… takes place on May 23rd, 2018 at the
7th International BCI Meeting 2018.

Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove
California | USA

800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove | CA 93950 | USA



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