Aim of the Call

This year has been unexpectedly complicated for all of us. We have had an ongoing threat to public health with a strong impact on economic activity in every country and organization. Scientific endeavors have been delayed in most research fields, and many research conferences and symposiums have been delayed or canceled. The aim of this call is to catalyze and mobilize research in human behavior and brain-computer interfaces during this difficult time, by supporting outstanding research projects for 2 years of duration starting in 2021. This is our way of giving back to the scientific community and helping research projects start-up in the wake of COVID 19. Bitbrain’s mission is to boost real-world research and real-life applications that enhance people’s lives. For this reason, we particularly welcome project proposals from academia or research institutions that are exploring neuroscience research in real-world settings.

The deadline for submissions is September 21st, 2020.

More info here:  https://www.bitbrain.com/call-for-projects-2020 

The Awards

This initiative awards projects with up to a total of 150K€ in Bitbrain equipment plus software licenses. Bitbrain systems are specifically designed to facilitate research in real-world settings and include high-tech EEG brain sensing devices and 35+ complementary monitoring technologies, as well as human behavior research software solutions for synchronized multimodal data acquisition and analysis.

Call topics

– Topic 1: Human Behavior Research: We are looking for projects that expand the understanding of human behavior using multimodal approaches, preferably in ecological and natural conditions. The research includes, but is not limited to, cognitive sciences, clinical research, education, developmental psychology, human performance, UX or human factors, neuroeconomics, hyperscanning, neuroaesthetics, etc.

Awards: According to the research needs of the project, the award may include the following: 1) Hardware: dry/semi-dry EEG systems in combination with a wide range of biosensors (GSR, BVP, ExG, etc) specifically developed to carry out real-world research, while favoring signal quality, usability, set up time, and user comfort. 2) Software: SDK for real-time I/O and third-party data processing (LSL, Matlab, Python, BCI200, etc); SennsLab software for synchronized data collection of 35+ types of biosensors and other research modalities including eye-tracking, cameras, microphones, etc, and other 3rd party options such as E-prime; SennsMetrics software for computation and data analysis of behavioral metrics.

– Topic 2: Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI): We are looking for projects that expand the introduction or usage of brain-computer interfaces in ecological and natural conditions.
Research project proposals should focus on the application of brain-computer interfaces in real-world scenarios, in areas such as immersive environments, neurorehabilitation, neuroadaptive technologies, hyperscanning, neuroprosthetics, etc.

Awards: According to the research needs of the project, the award may include the following: 1) Hardware: Mobile EEG systems for brain-computer interfaces including dry-EEG devices and semi-dry EEG systems (8, 16, 32 and 64ch), with a very quick and easy setup and comfortable interface. 2) Software: programming tools with great compatibility with real-time I/O and third-party data processing (LSL, Matlab, Python, BCI2000, OpenVibe, etc).

Jury

– Dima Amso, PhD. Professor, Department of Psychology at Columbia University.
– Alan Kingstone, PhD. Professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia.
– Ander Ramos, PhD. Head of the Neurorehabilitation Lab. University of Tubingen. Germany
– Gernot Muller-Putz, PhD. Professor and Head of the Institute of Neural Engineering. Graz University of Technology. Austria
– Tiago Falk, PhD. Associate Professor and Multimedia/Multimodal Signal Analysis and Enhancement (MuSAE) Laboratory.  University of Toronto. Canada
– Marco Congedo, PhD. Charge de Research (CNRS), France.

Important Dates

– Submission of applications: 21st September
– Communication of the awards: 6th October
– Contracts: 12th October
– Equipment delivering: 20th December
– Kick-off Meetings: 11th January

More info here:  https://www.bitbrain.com/call-for-projects-2020