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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 BCI Award was created to recognize outstanding and innovative research in the field of Brain-Computer Interfaces.

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 and a Gert Pfurtscheller bread knife
  • All nominees are invited to present their work during the BCI Award Ceremony
  • All winners get a keynote talk invitation to the BCI & Neurotechnology Spring School, the biggest BCI event worldwide
  • The BCI Award is donated by g.tec medical engineering, IEEE Brain, NeuroTechX, CorTec and Intheon.
  • There is no limitation or special consideration for the type of hardware and software used in the submission.
  • The competition is open to any BCI group or researcher worldwide, The jury is not allowed to vote for their own group.




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

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  1. Write a clear description of your project in English, that does not exceed 2 pages. Make sure to start your submission with a short introduction text in which you summarize your submission within 3-5 sentences.
  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 (format 16:9 or 1:1) to explain the subject matter of your BCI project submission. It should be approx. two minutes long and has to be spoken or subtitled in English. If you can, convert your short film in a 9:16 format for social media stories.
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  5. Attend the virtual BCI Award 2022 Ceremony at the BMI Sessions of the 2022 IEEE SMC Conference 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 2022 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.



September 1st, 2022

1st place:     USD 3,000
2nd place:    USD 2,000
3rd place:     USD 1,000


September 30th, 2022

October 11th, 2022
All nominees will present their submissions during the BCI Award Ceremony 2022, before winners will be announced.
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Jury of The BCI Award 2022


Nuri Firat Ince

Chair 2022
University of Houston, USA



Nicolas Opie

Winner 2021
Synchron Inc., AU



Cynthia Chestek

University of Michigan, USA



Dora Hermes

Mayo Clinic, USA




Guiseppe Pellizzer

University of Minnesota, USA




David Moses

University of California, San Francisco, USA




Abdelkader N. Belkacem

United Arab Emirates University, UAE


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BCI Award 2022 Ceremony

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 during the 2022 IEEE SMC conference. A key-note talk starts at 13:00, the presentations are from 14:00-16:00 Vienna time.














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