Early Career Awards

The BCI Society Early Career Awards
— Closed

After the exciting inaugural edition of the BCI Society Early Career Award (ECA) in 2020, the winner of which focused specifically on the Translational aspects of BCI research, the BCI Society is pleased to announce a new round of ECAs in 2021. Acknowledging the multidisciplinary character of the BCI field, this year’s ECAs will focus on two other critical aspects of BCI research: Neuroscience and Methods. Nominees must have a history of scholarly work that has advanced the field.  More specifically, the ECA Neuroscience recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to scientific progress in understanding brain structure, brain function and/or brain signals related to BCIs. The ECA Methods, on the other hand, recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to scientific progress in the development of algorithms, software and/or hardware related to BCIs. Both ECAs will be presented by the end of 2021.


Applications will be reviewed by jurors appointed by the BCI Society Awards Committee. The 2021 BCI Society Awards Committee is composed of Donatella Mattia, Mariska Vansteensel, Theresa Vaughan and Yiwen Wang.

Please note that the BCI Society Awards Committee and the Jury will have the authority to apply focus on specific criteria or factors, or to hand out multiple awards or no award for a certain category, depending on the submitted nominations.

Juror Selection

The Committee is currently looking for jurors who are willing to evaluate the nominations for the 2021 ECA Neuroscience and/or ECA Methods. Jurors should be regular BCI Society members. Diversity (topic, gender, geographical) will be taken into account for the selection of the jurors. Interested jurors are invited to send an email to the BCI Secretariat below.

Application information 

An eligible candidate for the 2021 ECAs:

  • Is a member-in-good-standing of the BCI Society;
  • Is within 10 years of earning their first terminal degree (MD or PhD). Less senior researchers, including postdocs, are therefore also eligible. The BCI Society Awards Committee will account for special considerations such as breaks for parenting leave, medical leave, or military service;
  • Must accept the nomination, including the ECA category (Neuroscience or Methods) selected by the nominator;
  • Must agree to the following if s/he wins the award:
    • Submit a one-page summary of his/her BCI-related work that may be posted on the BCI Society website;
    • Give a short talk at the next BCI Meeting (ideally in person).

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;
  • Optionally, a summary (up to one page) of any special consideration (such as for military service, parenting leave, or medical leave) that may explain why the nominee may be considered for an award 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 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.
2020 Recipient

Sebastian Halder
Lecturer, University of Essex