Early Career Award

The BCI Society Early Career Award

After exciting editions of the BCI Society Early Career Award (ECA) in 2020 and 2021, the BCI Society is pleased to announce ECA 2023. Recognizing the multidisciplinary character of the BCI field, this year’s ECAs will encompass the biological, methodological, and translational aspects of the field. Nominees must have a history of scholarly work that has advanced the field. More specifically, the ECA 2023 will recognize an individual or individuals who have contributed significantly to i) an understanding of brain structure/function, and/or brain signals related to BCIs, and/or ii) scientific progress of BCI research through development of algorithms, software and/or hardware related to BCIs and/or, iii) BCI application or end-user-oriented research. The ECA will be presented in early 2024.


Applications will be reviewed by jurors appointed by the BCI Society Awards Committee. The 2023 BCI Society Awards Committee is composed of Donatella Mattia, Mariska Vansteensel, Theresa Vaughan, and Dean Krusienski.

Please note, this year’s BCI Society Awards Committee and the Jury will have the authority to hand out one, two or no award, depending on the submitted nominations.

Application information — CLOSED

An eligible candidate for the 2023 ECAs:

  • Is a member-in-good-standing of the BCI Society;
  • Is within 10 years of earning their first terminal degree (MD or PhD). Thus, researchers with less experience, including postdocs, are also eligible. The BCI Society Awards Committee will give special considerations for breaks for parenting leave, medical leave, or military service;
  • Must accept the nomination;
  • Must agree to provide the Society with the following if s/he wins the award:
    • A picture and a brief biosketch, highlighting contributions to the BCI field;
    • A short talk at the next BCI Meeting (June 2025).

Applications for the Early Career Award must include the following:

  • Nomination form, which includes a half-page summary of why this nominee deserves an award;
  • An updated CV of the nominee (5 pages max) in the format of the NIH biosketch (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm; ERA Commons number not required), which includes a personal statement about why the applicant should be considered;
  • Two letters of recommendation (maximum one page) from people other than the nominator;
  • If applicable, an up to one-page summary of the special considerations (such as for military service, parenting leave, or medical leave) that explain why the nominee should be considered for more than ten years after the first terminal degree.

Please use only pdf formatting for these documents.

Important for nominators:

  • The nominator must be a regular member of the BCI Society in good standing;
  • Self-nominations are allowed;
  • Members of the BCI Society Board or Awards Committee may not be nominated;
  • Each BCI Society Member may nominate a maximum of two persons.

ECAs will be presented in early 2024.

2021 Recipients

Camille Jeunet
Aquitaine Institute for Cognitive and Integrative Neuroscience, Univ. Bordeaux & CNRS, France

Frank Willett
Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory, Stanford University, USA

2020 Recipient

Sebastian Halder
Lecturer, University of Essex