The new HP Labs Innovation Research Program invites the worldwide academic community to submit proposals related to current research in the areas of information explosion, dynamic cloud services, content transformation, intelligent infrastructure and sustainability.
The program is the first offering of the HP Labs Open Innovation Office, which was established earlier this year as part of HP Labs’ new approach to research. The office is responsible for deepening HP Labs’ strategic collaborations with academia, the government and the commercial sector to produce mutually beneficial, high-impact research.
“Collaborating with the brightest minds is essential to making progress in solving the world’s most complex technology challenges,” said Prith Banerjee, senior vice president of research at HP and director of HP Labs. “We look forward to reviewing the proposals and investing in projects that drive open innovation and set the agenda for breakthrough research relevant to technology customers.”
Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply through June 18, 2008. HP will award selected applicants funding for one year, which will be renewable for a total of three years based on research progress and HP business requirements. Each award will include support for one graduate student researcher, who also will be eligible to apply to the HP Labs internship program.
“The research landscape is shifting toward a model of increased collaboration between academia and the private sector,” said Beth Burnside, vice provost of research, University of California, Berkeley. “The HP Labs Innovation Research Program is a great step toward mobilizing the sectors to work together in pursuit of scientific breakthroughs.”
Program guidelines and the online submission tool are available at www.hpl.hp.com/open_innovation/irp. Proposals will go through an extensive review process within HP Labs. Selected winners will be notified in late 2008.
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