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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, RIKEN, AIP 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 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 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 (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 (August 1, 2021).
  5. Attend the virtual BCI Award 2021 Ceremony at the BMI Sessions of the 2021 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 2021 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 5th, 2021

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


September 13th, 2021

October 19th, 2021
All nominees will present their submissions during the BCI Award Ceremony, before winners will be announced. Register here >>
#Interview "Interview"

A High-Performance Handwriting BCI



The people that would benefit most from this research are those with severe paralysis or who are ‘locked-in’ and have no other means of rapid communication.



Francis R. Willett

Read the interview with the 1st place winner of the BCI Award 2020.


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Jury of The BCI Award 2021


Tomasz M. Rutkowski

Chair 2021



Francis R. Willet

Winner 2020
Stanford University, USA



Gabriel Pires

University of Coimbra, Portugal



Ljiljana Trajkovic

Simon Fraser University, Canada




Grace Rigdon





Riccardo Poli

University of Essex, UK




Maryam Shanechi

University of Southern California, USA


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A Brain-Spine Interface Complements Deep-Brain Stimulation



We used this brain-spine interface to restore walking of non-human primates after paralyzing spinal cord injury. In this study, we redesigned the brain-spine interface for the application in Parkinson’s disease.




Tomislav Milekovic

Read the interview with the 2nd place winner of the BCI Award 2020.


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BCI Award 2021 Ceremony

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 during the 2021 IEEE SMC.
Register below to be part of the virtual Ceremony. 
















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High-dimensional (8D) Control of a Complex Effectors such as an Exoskeleton by a tetraplegic subject using chronic ECoG recordings using stable and robust over time adaptive direct neural decoder



Such a motor BCI system may give back some mobility and autonomy to highly disabled patients.



Alexandre Moly

Read the interview with the 2nd place winner of the BCI Award 2020.


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