Calling all researchers:

The 2009 HP Labs’ Innovation Research Program Call for Proposals is now open


January 19, 2009 -- HP Labs today launched its 2009 Innovation Research Program (IRP), offering awards in the range of $50,000 to $75,000 USD to researchers at colleges, universities and research institutes around the world.

The program, now in its second year, is designed to create opportunities for breakthrough collaborative research with HP. Proposals will be judged on their potential scientific and societal impact, as well as the caliber of the principal researchers, the availability of matching funds for the project and the quality of the proposed research plan.

This year IRP proposals are invited against a targeted set of 15 compelling topics. They include, among others:

  • Extracting knowledge and value from collective intelligence
  • Robust identification of informative multimedia content in Web pages
  • Nano-scale fabrication for display applications
  • Novel sensors and algorithms for immersive interaction

"The first year of our Innovation Research Program is already proving to be a huge success,” said Prith Banerjee, director of HP Labs and senior vice president for research, HP. “It’s deepening our university relationships and offering professors and students opportunities to work with us at HP Labs on real business and technology problems. We're very excited to be keeping the momentum going with our second year of awards."

The Innovation Research Program is administered by the HP Labs Open Innovation Office, which is responsible for enabling strategic collaborations with academia, the government and the commercial sector to produce mutually beneficial, high-impact research.

Dr. Alan Willner of the University of Southern California (USC) has partnered with HP in the 2008 IRP program, among other projects. “It’s been a thrill to collaborate with HP Labs,” said Willner. “As a testament to the deep insights of HP's researchers and their mentorship of my students, USC and HP have jointly co-authored 22 international journal and conference publications. It has been a true partnership and a pleasure.”

Last year’s IRP program attracted 450 proposals from 200 universities in 28 countries spanning the globe. HP selected 45 projects at 35 institutions to receive HP Labs Innovation Awards – among them were projects from MIT, Stanford University, the Indian Institute of Technology, Israel's Technion and Tsinghua University in China.

The 2009 awards may be renewed for a total project duration of up to three years, based on research outcomes and HP’s business needs. A key element of each award will also be on-campus support for one graduate-student researcher.

Research proposals for 2009 will be accepted via the Web beginning 2 February 2009 and winners are to be announced in May. Award recipients and their graduate researchers will be invited to HP Labs’ annual Open Innovation Summit planned for late 2009.

Program guidelines and the online submission tool are available at www.hpl.hp.com/open_innovation/irp/