• Sep 2018 - Aug 2021: Research Grant from the Bilateral Academic Research Initiative (BARI), funded jointly by the US Department of Defense (DoD, $3 millions) and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD, £1.5 millions), for a project entitled Adaptive joint cognitive systems for complex and strategic decision making: building trust in human-machine teams through brain-computer-interface augmentation, social interaction and mutual learning. The bilateral team is composed by Maryam Shanechi (PI), Michael Jordan, Farid Hamzei-Sichani, Kristina Simonyan, Davide Valeriani, Riccardo Poli (PI), Luca Citi, Caterina Cinel, and Nicholas Yeung. More info on the DoD press release.

  • Jan 2017 - Mar 2019: Research Grant from DSTL through DHCSTC (approx. £390,000) to Riccardo Poli (PI), Caterina Cinel (Co-I), Davide Valeriani (Co-I) and Luca Citi (Co-I) for a project entitled Brain-computer-interface-assisted confidence estimation for group decision making, group selection and personnel training.

  • May 2015 - Jul 2015: Research Innovation Fund (RIF) Grant (£4,990 - code DC10758) for supporting the participation of the Essex team to the Cybathlon.


  • Aug 2019: HBI Host-a-Scholar Award ($4,000) from Harvard Brain Science Initiative to host Prof. Richard Reilly (TCD) in Boston and work together on the development of novel BCIs. [Info]

  • Jun 2019: OHBM People's Choice Abstract Award, Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Annual Meeting. [Info]

  • Jul 2018: Shortlisted for MoBI award for our paper published on Scientific Reports. [Info]

  • Jun 2017: University of Essex convertible loan (£15,000) awarded to EyeWink to sponsor the development of the wearable device.

  • Oct 2016: Bronze medal in the BCI race of the Cybathlon 2016 with the team The Brainstormers. [Info]

  • May 2016: Winner of the IET Present Around The World (PATW) local network competition. [Info]

  • Dec 2015: EyeWink Crowdfunding campaign (£4,605) for supporting the development of EyeWink, a wearable device that allows users to control their smartphones with eye winks and blinks. [Campaign]

  • Dec 2015: BrainStormers Crowdfunding campaign (£3,016) for supporting the participation of the whole Essex team to the Cybathlon, an international championship for athletes with disabilities assisted by technology (including BCI). [Campaign]

  • Apr 2015: Student Travel Grant, 7th International IEEE EMBS Neural Engineering Conference. [Picture]

  • Mar 2015: London Science Museum Award, HackTheBrain UK. [Article] [i++] [UoE Blog]

  • Oct 2013: Student Travel Grant, 4th International Conference on Robotics in Education.

  • Sep 2012: Member of the Winning Team, Sick Robot Day 2012. [Video]