Open Innovation

Leveraging HP’s world-class innovation network

HP Labs’ Open Innovation Office pursues and coordinates research collaborations with top researchers and entrepreneurs in academia, government and business around the world. It ensures joint research endeavors result in high-impact research that meets HP and its partners’ scientific and business objectives.

The office consists of a global team, bringing together expertise from around the world to foster discovery and address important issues; connecting the world’s leading researchers, scientists, and entrepreneurs through ground-breaking programs; and collaborating with them to tackle the next generation of breakthrough technologies.

Important programs under this office:

  • HP Labs Innovation Research Program. This formal request for proposals (RFP) program offers universities worldwide the opportunity to participate in joint research with leading HP Labs scientists on a competitive basis. More information on the HP Labs Innovation Research Program is available here.
  • Internship and Fellowship Program. This program organizes Internships, Fellowships and Sabbaticals to HP Labs worldwide. Many Researchers, Faculties and Students from academic and public research institutions are hosted at HP Labs for short and long term visits. Request for information can be made here.
  • Participation to Government Research Program. HP Labs participates to several Government Research Programs in the US (NSF, DARPA, etc.), in the EU (FP7), and also in Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, and China. Contact with the Open Innovation Office and HP Labs Principal Investigators can be made here.

HP Labs actively seeks, develops, and performs research projects and programs in a range of future-facing technology areas that align with HP's strategic vision and goals. Our world-class research staff operates in cutting-edge facilities at seven world-wide locations to support this work. Current or potential customers for HP Labs research capabilities can find detailed information on research staff descriptions and pricing in the document linked here.

Open Innovation news & articles

»HP Announces 2010 Innovation Research Awards

July 1, 2010 – HP today announced that it has selected 62 professors from around the world to receive awards as part of its third annual HP Labs Innovation Research Program. 62 projects at 49 institutions in 14 countries were selected for 2010 Innovation Research Awards. Read the feature story. Learn more about the 2010 awardees here.

»Open Cirrus: A Global Cloud Computing Testbed non-hp site

May 2010 - An Open Cirrus paper is featured in the latest issue of IEEE Computer magazine as a cover story on Cloud Computing. After two successful Open Cirrus summits conducted in the US (see links off of, a third summit is scheduled to take place in Korea. Discussions are in progress about subsequent summits to be held in Malaysia, Russia, and Singapore. Significant use of the Open Cirrus infrastructure by HP Labs researchers and a few external universities is ongoing. We are also pursuing the internal development of the Open Cirrus management stack in terms of the Cloud Sustainability Dashboard and Open Cirrus Reservation system. We are also excited about new site additions to Open Cirrus. At the moment we are in late legal discussions with four more sites and at various stages with four additional sites. At this pace, we can easily beat Moore’s law and double the size every year. You can read more about Open Cirrus in the IEEE Computer magazine cover story.

»Innovation Research Program (IRP) 2010 – Call for Abstracts Completed!

March 2010 - When it closed on February 19th 323 authors from 240 universities had submitted a total of 375 abstracts in the IRP 2010 Call for Proposals. The best ones were selected by HP Labs researchers and the authors invited to develop full proposals by the end of March. Final selections for new proposals and renewal of funding for existing projects are scheduled to be announced in early May. More information about the IRP can be found at

»NSF Corporate Research Postdoctoral Fellowship for Engineers Program Started!

February 2010 - The Strategy and Innovation Office at HP Labs and other industry research labs in the US have successfully helped NSF to create the NSF Corporate Research Postdoctoral Fellowship for Engineers Program. The program provides recent engineering PhD recipients the opportunity to conduct postdoctoral research in a corporate setting. These creative and highly trained engineers will contribute to areas of great interest and relevance to the nation. Each research fellow will receive a stipend of at least $75,000 plus health insurance benefits. The host company will provide a minimum of $27,500 and other non-cash support. With generous support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this program will support 40 positions for a one-year appointment. This program is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). See more at: site

»Collaboration with CITRIS

February 2010 – HP and CITRIS ( non-hp site are collaborating on a number of projects and initiatives, especially in the Sustainability area. HP is on the Board of CITRIS.

»The Green Government

President Obama has taken an aggressive position regarding reducing the footprint of the USA and moving the country toward energy independence. Besides allocating billions of dollars of federal money for alternative energy, energy storage, and energy efficiency research and programs, he has issued an Executive Order stating that all Federal Agencies must lead by example and significantly decrease their environmental impact. He has asked them to set aggressive goals for emission reductions and called for 26% reduction in potable water resources by 2020 site This represents an excellent opportunity for IT companies as IT will play a significant role in both assessing, monitoring and managing resource use.

HP ES Federal, HP Labs, and Intel hosted the second INDIGO Session (Innovative Dialogue with Government) in a series of sessions designed to bring thought leadership in ‘Green IT’ to the Federal community. These are a half day sessions with leaders from HP and other IT companies sitting down in a discussion format with leaders from many Federal Agencies to discuss their major challenges and how IT can help. There has been very positive feedback from the Federal participants and many new opportunities and challenges are being identified. Chandrakant Patel, HP Fellow and Director of the Sustainable IT Ecosystem Lab, has been a key participant from HP Labs

»Second Open Cirrus Summit held at Yahoo! Sunnyvale

January 2010 – HP, Intel Corporation and Yahoo! Inc. hosted the second Open Cirrus Summit on cloud computing at Yahoo! campus in Sunnyvale, CA. Over 80 attendees from academic and private sector institutions, including current and prospective members of the Open Cirrus™ global cloud computing research testbed, came together to report findings, define goals and consider new projects. Notable presenters at the event included Randy Bryant, dean of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; Karsten Schwan, professor and director, Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems, Georgia Institute of Technology; and senior researchers from Intel and Yahoo. Read the feature story.

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