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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

#Nominees "Nominees"

The Nominees for 2022

This year, top-level research projects were submitted from all over the world.
Nuri Firat Ince, chair of the jury and 6 reviewers carefully selected 12 nominated projects:


N1: Francis R. Willett1,2, Chaofei Fan1, Erin Kunz1, Donald T. Avansino1, Foram Kamdar1, Leigh R. Hochberg3, Krishna V. Shenoy1,2, Jaimie M. Henderson1

A high-performance intracortical speech BCI

1 Stanford University, USA.
2 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA.
3 Brown University, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Providence VA Medical Center, USA. 

N2: Henri Lorach1,2,3, Andrea Galvez1,2,3, Valeria Spagnolo1,2,3, Felix Martel4, Serpil Karakas4, Nadine Intering1,2,3, Molywan Vat1,2,3, Olivier Faivre4, Cathal Harte1,2,3, Salif Komi1,2,3, Jimmy Ravier1,2,3, Thibault Collin1,2,3, Laure Coquoz1,2,3, Icare Sakr1,2,3, Edeny Baaklini1,2,3, Sergio Daniel Hernandez-Charpak1,2,3, Gregory Dumont1,2,3, Rik Buschman6, Nicholas Buse6, Tim Denison6,7, Ilse van Nes8, Leonie Asboth1,2,3, Anne Watrin9, Lucas Struber4, Fabien Sauter-Starace4, Lilia Langar5, Vincent Auboiroux4, Stefano Carda2, Stephan Chabardes4,5, Tetiana Aksenova4, Robin Demesmaeker1,2,3, Guillaume Charvet4, Jocelyne Bloch1,2,3, Grégoire Courtine1,2,3

Walking naturally after spinal cord injury using a brain-spine interface

1 NeuroX Institute, School of Life Sciences, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Geneve, Switzerland. 
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and University of Lausanne (UNIL), Lausanne, Switzerland.
3 NeuroRestore, Defitech Center for Interventional Neurotherapies, EPFL/CHUV/UNIL, Lausanne, Switzerland.  
4 University Grenoble Alpes, CEA, LETI, Clinatec, Grenoble, France. 
5 University Hospital, Grenoble, France. 
6 Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
7 Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom. 
8 Department of Rehabilitation, Sint Maartenskliniek, Nijmegen, Netherlands. 
9 ONWARD Medical, Lausanne, Switzerland. 

N3: Sean L. Metzger1,2,3, Jessie R. Liu1,2,3, David A. Moses1,2, Maximilian E. Dougherty1, Margaret P.
Seaton1, Kaylo T. Littlejohn1,2,4, Josh Chartier1,2, Gopala K. Anumanchipalli1,2,4, Adelyn Tu-Chan5, Karunesh Ganguly2,5, Edward F. Chang1,2,3

Highly generalizable spelling using a silent-speech BCI in a person with severe anarthria

1 Dept. of Neurological Surgery University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) 
2 Weill Institute for Neurosciences UCSF
3 University of California, Berkeley-UCSF Grad. Program in Bioengineering
4 Dept. of Electrical Engr. and C.S., University of California, Berkeley
5 Dept. of Neurology, UCSF 


N4: Simon Geirnaert1,2,3, Rob Zink1,3, Tom Francart2,3, Alexander Bertrand1,3

Fast and accurate, and unsupervised and time-adaptive EEG-based auditory attention decoding for neuro-steered hearing devices

1 KU Leuven, Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), STADIUS Center for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics
2 KU Leuven, Department of Neurosciences, Research Group ExpORL
3 Leuven.AI - KU Leuven institute for AI

N5: João Araújo1, Benjamin D. Simons2, Usha Goswami1

Remediating Phonological Deficits in Dyslexia with a Brain-Computer Interface 

1 Centre for Neuroscience in Education, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom 
2 Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom 

N6: Elena Losanno, Marion Badi, Evgenia Roussinova, Andrew Bogaard, Maude Delacombaz, Solaiman Shokur, Silvestro Micera

An implantable brain-body interface using intrafascicular stimulation to restore hand functions

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy

N7: Kyuhwa Lee3, Yohann Thenaisie1,2, Charlotte Moerman1,2, Stefano Scafa1,2,4, Andrea Gálvez2,5, Elvira Pirondini1,6,7, Morgane Burri2,5, Jimmy Ravier2,5, Alessandro Puiatti4, Ettore Accolla8, Benoit Wicki9, André Zacharia10,11,12, Mayte Castro Jiménez11, Julien F. Bally11, Grégoire Courtine1,2,5,13, Jocelyne Bloch1,2,5,13, Eduardo Martin Moraud1,2

Real-time decoding of leg motor function and dysfunction from the subthalamic nucleus in Parkinson’s patients

1 Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and University of Lausanne (UNIL), Lausanne CH-1011, Switzerland.
NeuroRestore, Defitech Centre for Interventional Neurotherapies, CHUV, UNIL, and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne CH-1011, Switzerland. 
3 Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering, Geneva CH-1202, Switzerland. 
4 Institute of Digital Technologies for Personalized Healthcare (MeDiTech), University of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Lugano-Viganello CH-6962 Switzerland. 
5 Faculty of Life Sciences, EPFL, NeuroX Institute, Lausanne CH-1015, Switzerland. 
6 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh 15213, PA, USA. 
7 Rehabilitation and Neural Engineering Labs, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh 15213, PA, USA. 
Department of Neurology, Hôpital Fribourgeois, Fribourg University, Fribourg CH-1708, Switzerland. 
Department of Neurology, Hôpital du Valais, Sion CH-1951, Switzerland. 
10 Clinique Bernoise, Crans-Montana CH-3963, Switzerland. 
11 Department of Neurology, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and University of Lausanne, Lausanne CH-1011, Switzerland. 
12 Department of Medicine, University of Geneva, Geneva CH-1201, Switzerland. 
13 Department of Neurosurgery, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and University of Lausanne, Lausanne CH-1011, Switzerland. 

N8: Priscella Asman1, Giuseppe Pellizzer2, Sudhakar Tummala3, Sujit Prabhu3, Nuri F. Ince1

Real-Time Intraoperative Sensorimotor Cortex Localization and Consciousness Assessment with the Spatial and Spectral Profile of the Median Nerve Somatosensory Evoked Potentials 

1 University of Houston
2 Minneapolis VA Health Care System & University of Minnesota
3 MD Anderson Cancer Center

N9: Ryohei Fukuma1,2,3, Takufumi Yanagisawa1,2,3,4, Shinji Nishimoto5,6, Hidenori Sugano7, Kentaro Tamura8, Shota Yamamoto1, Yasushi Iimura7, Yuya Fujita1, Satoru Oshino1, Naoki Tani1, Naoko Koide–Majima5,6, Yukiyasu Kamitani2,9, Haruhiko Kishima1,4

Voluntary control of semantic neural representations by imagery with conflicting visual stimulation

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, Suita, Japan
2 ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Seika-cho, Japan

3 Institute for Advanced Co-Creation Studies, Osaka University, Suita, Japan
4 Osaka University Hospital Epilepsy Center, Suita, Japan
5 Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet), National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Suita, Japan
6 Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University, Suita, Japan 
7 Department of Neurosurgery, Juntendo University, Tokyo, Japan
8 Department of Neurosurgery, Nara Medical University, Kashihara, Japan
9 Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

N10: Courtnie Jean Paschall, Jason S. Hauptman, Rajesh P.N. Rao, Jeffrey G. Ojemann, Jeffrey Herron
In virtualis re: An Intracortical NeuroHaptic Interface in Virtual Reality

University of Washington, Seattle, USA

N11: Kathy Ruddy, Colin Simon

A multimodal Brain-Computer Interface approach using muscle responses to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation of the brain

Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Dublin, Irland

N12: Elizaveta V. Okorokova1, Anton R. Sobinov2, John E. Downey2, Qinpu He1, Ashley van Driesche2, David Satzer4, Peter C. Warnke3,4, Nicholas G. Hatsopoulos1,2,3, Sliman J. Bensmaia1,2,3

May the force be with you: biomimetic grasp force decoding for brain controlled bionic hands 

1 Committee on Computational Neuroscience, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 
3 Neuroscience Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL  
4 Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

#Submission "Submission"



  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.
  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.
  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 10th, 2022

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


September 22nd, 2022

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

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


#Ceremony "Ceremony"

BCI Award 2022 Ceremony

Presentation & Winner Announcements

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Time: 14:00 - 16:15 (Vienna time)
Location: 2022 IEEE SMC Conference (Room Zodiac) with live Zoom Stream


13:00 - 14:00 | Keynote: BMIs for human enhancement: What has been done and what is coming?
Wlodek Duch, Nicholaus Copernicus University, Poland
14:00 - 16:00 | BCI Award 2022 Nominees Presentations
Christoph Guger, Dean Krusienski, Tomek M. Rutkowski, The BCI Award Foundation Board
16:00 - 16:15 | BCI Award 2022 Winner Anncouncement & Celebration











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