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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 the BCI State-of-the-Art 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.
  • All winners and nominees are invited to The Neurocareers: Doing The Impossible! Podcast hosted by Milena Korostenskaja. 
  • 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 donated by g.tec medical engineering GmbH.




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

#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. Make a short film (format 16:9) 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.
  4. Send the document as a .pdf file and the short film to submit@bci-award.com before the indicated deadline.
  5. Attend the virtual BCI Award 2023 Ceremony at the BMI Sessions of the 2023 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 1 month before the BCI Award 2023 Ceremony. 



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?


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



September 10th, 2023

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


September 14th, 2023

October 3rd, 2023
All nominees will present their submissions during the BCI Award Ceremony 2023, before winners will be announced.
#Nominees "Nominees"

The Nominees for 2023

This year, around 80 top-level research projects were submitted from 30 countries for the BCI Award 2023. Jose M. Azorin, chair of the jury and 5 reviewers carefully selected 12 nominated projects: 


N1: Charles M. Greenspon1, Giacomo Valle1, Natalya D. Shelchkova2, Taylor G. Hobbs3,4, Ceci Verbaarschot3,5, John E. Downey1, Robert A. Gaunt3,5,4,6, and Sliman J. Bensmaia1,2,7

Multi-channel biomimetic microstimulation of the human somatosensory cortex can create intuitive and reliable touch sensations for bionic hand control

1 Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.
2 Committee on Computational Neuroscience, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.
3 Rehab Neural Engineering Labs, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
4 Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
5 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
6 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
7 Neuroscience Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.

N2: Santosh Chandrasekaran, Douglas Griffin, Zeev Elias, Aniket Jangam, Erona Ibroci, Christina Maffei, Stephan Bickel, Adam B. Stein, Ashesh D. Mehta, Chad E. Bouton

Double Neural Bypass: Restoring Lasting Movement and Sensation in Humans

Institute for Bioelectronic Medicine , Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Northwell Health, New York, USA

N3: Sean L. Metzger,*,1,2,3, Kaylo T. Littlejohn,*,1,2,3, Alexander B. Silva,*,1,2,3, David A. Moses,*,1,2, Margaret P. Seaton,*,1, Ran Wang1, Maximilian E. Dougherty1, Jessie R. Liu1,2,3, Peter Wu4, Michael A. Berger5, Inga Zhuravleva4, Adelyn Tu-Chan6, Karunesh Ganguly2,6, Gopala K. Anumanchipalli1,2,4, Edward F. Chang1,2,3

A high-performance neuroprosthesis for speech decoding and avatar control

1 Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco,
2 Weill Institute for Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco. San Francisco, CA, USA.

University of California, Berkeley–University of California, San Francisco Graduate Program in Bioengineering,
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, USA.
Speech Graphics. Ltd, Edinburgh, UK.

6 Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco. San Francisco, CA, USA.

*These five authors contributed equally.


N4: Saehyuck Oh1, Jekal Janghwan1, Jinyoung Won2, Youngjeon Lee2, Kyung-In Jang1,3

Behavior to Byte: Stealthy Neural Recorder

1 Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering, Republic of Korea
2 Korea Research Institute Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), National Primate Research Center (NPRC), Republic of Koera
3 ENSIDE Corporation, Republic of Korea

N5: D. Blair Jovellar, Pedro Gordon, Paolo Belardinelli, Ulf Ziemann 

Memory enhancement through pathway-selective real-time brain state-dependent magnetic stimulation

Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Neurology, Tuebingen, Germany

N6: Benjamin Dieudonné, Ben Somers, Tilde Van Hirtum, Tom Francart

A brain-computer interface for real-time hearing diagnostics based on EEG responses to natural speech

KU Leuven – University of Leuven, Department of Neurosciences, Experimental Oto-rhino-laryngology. Herestraat 49 bus 721, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.

N7: Nicholas S. Card*1, Maitreyee Wairagkar*1, Carrina Iacobacci1, Xianda Hou1, Tyler Singer-Clark1, Maryam Vahdati Nia1, Francis R. Willett2, Erin M. Kunz2, Chaofei Fan2, Darrel R. Deo2, Eun Young Choi2, Jamie M. Henderson2, Leigh R. Hochberg3, David M. Brandman**1, Sergey D. Stavisky**1

A rapidly-deployable high performance speech neuroprosthesis

1 University of California, Davis, USA. 
2 Stanford University, USA

Brown University, Providence VA Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA.

* , ** denotes equal contribution (lead, senior)


N8: Jerry Tang1, Amanda LeBel2, Shailee Jain1, Alexander G. Huth1,2

Semantic reconstruction of continuous language from non-invasive brain recordings

1 Department of Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin, USA.
2 Department of Neuroscience, The University of Texas at Austin, USA.

N9: Michael Jigo1, Jason B. Carmel1,2, Qi Wang1,3 & Charles Rodenkirch1,4

A non-invasive neuromodulation interface for on-demand enhancements of central sensory processing

1 Sharper Sense, Inc., 11 E Loop Rd, Tata Innovation Center, Suite 381, New York, NY, USA.
2 Department of Neurology and Orthopedics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA.
3 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.
4 The Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, New York, NY, USA.

N10: Seungbin Park, Megan Lipton, Maria Dadarlat

Toward an Optical BCI: Overcoming the Limitation of Low Sampling Rate for Decoding Limb Movements

Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

N11: Giacomo Valle1, Natalija Katic Secerovic 1,2 ,Thomas Stieglitz3, Marko Bumbasirevic4 and Stanisa Raspopovic1 

Biomimetic BCI conveys naturalistic touch sensations via peripheral nerve stimulation for bionic legs 

1 Laboratory for Neuroengineering, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland.
2 School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia.
3 Laboratory for Biomedical Microtechnology, Department of Microsystems Engineering–IMTEK, Bernstein Center, BrainLinks-BrainTools Center of Excellence, University of Freiburg, Germany.
4 Orthopaedic Surgery Department, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia.

N12: Ahmadreza Keihani1, Seyed Saman Sajadi2, Fatemeh Karbasi2, Ehsan Garosi2, Hengameh Marzbani2, Amin Mohammad Mohammadi2, Shahriar Nafissi2, Mohsen Reza Haidari2, Amir Homayoun Jafari2

An intelligent system for real-time assessment of cortico-muscular coupling index in ALS disease

1 Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, 3501 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.
2 Deprtment of Biomedical engineering, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Iran.

#Jury "Jury"

Jury of The BCI Award 2023


Jose M. Azorin

Chair 2023
Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Spain



Henri Lorach

Winner 2022
NeuroX Institute, EPFL, Switzerland



Monzurul Alam

The University of New South Wales, Australia




Surjo R. Soekadar

Medical University of Charité, Germany



Kara Presbrey

University of California, USA



Ferat Sahin

Rochester Institute of Technology, USA



#Ceremony "Ceremony"

BCI Award 2023 Ceremony

Presentation & Winner Announcements

Date: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023
Time: 20:00 - 23:00 (Vienna time)
Location: IEEE SMC 2023 Conference











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