Extraordinary scientific and engineering capabilities and talented staff make Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory a wellspring of innovation. Nonetheless, as Joy’s Law states, “No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.” In response, the Laboratory practices Open Innovation by connecting with new partners and embracing new approaches. The Laboratory seeks partnerships with industry, government agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations to cultivate entrepreneurship, help the nation grow, and meet national and global security challenges.
To help catalyze Open Innovation, we encourage researchers to work with us here at the Laboratory. Lawrence Livermore's institutes and centers provide specialized resources and expertise in many scientific disciplines. In addition, our user facilities provide world-class, one-of-a-kind capabilities to the broader scientific community.
We are also searching for opportunities to loan our staff to institutions around the world to help solve problems of global significance. A more mobile, open Laboratory helps us respond rapidly to the security challenges of a deeply interconnected world.
Federal agencies and state and local governments can access Livermore's unique capabilities through the Strategic Partnership Projects program. Through its many partnerships with government agencies, the Laboratory ensures that its capabilities help address current and emerging national needs.
The Laboratory's University Relations Program fosters collaborations and sustains long-term partnerships between Laboratory researchers and the academic community. The program manages postdoctoral scholar opportunities, provides internships for undergraduate and graduate students, and organizes special events for K–12 education.
The Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO) serves as a focal point for LLNL engagement with industry, as well as state and local government entities, universities, non-profits, and others by identifying new economic opportunities and moving them to the private sector. IPO's work helps improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the U.S. economy through innovation.
While Lawrence Livermore itself is not able to accept charitable gifts, we welcome collaborative opportunities with universities, non-governmental organizations, and non-profits to enable philanthropic support for research, technology development, and educational endeavors consistent with the Laboratory’s programs. One such non-profit is the Livermore Lab Foundation, which is separate and distinct from LLNL, and was created in 2016 to facilitate philanthropic support of scientific research and STEM outreach at LLNL, leveraging the Lab’s unique expertise for broad public benefit and creating new modes of collaboration among philanthropy, industry and academia.