About Us

Innovating from Lab to Marketplace

SRI International is a nonprofit, independent research and innovation center serving government and industry. We provide basic and applied research, laboratory and advisory services, technology development and licenses, deployable systems, products, and venture opportunities.

Our research and innovations have led to new industries and products that impact people’s lives every day—from the computer mouse and interactive computing to medical ultrasound, cancer drugs, and much more.

SRI bridges the critical gap between research universities or national laboratories and industry. We move R&D from the laboratory to the marketplace to create high value and real innovation. And the platforms we build today are designed to meet tomorrow’s needs. For example, an artificial intelligence project for DARPA led to the development of Siri for Apple’s iPhone.

SRI works on some of the world’s most important problems, collaborating across technical disciplines to spark new ideas and solutions. We believe in open innovation, bringing the best talent to the challenge at hand.

SRI by the Numbers

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Disciplines of Innovation that drive our work
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Business Model

Sponsored R&D is at the center of SRI’s integrated business model. Our focus is always on meeting client and market needs to create and deliver new value, whether the outcome is an R&D solution, technology license, new product or spin-off venture.

As a nonprofit research institute, SRI is driven by stakeholder value, not shareholder value. The revenue generated by our R&D, commercialization activities, and marketplace solutions is reinvested in SRI capabilities, facilities, and staff to advance our mission and continue to meet client and partner needs.

Our experience working closely with clients and partners has led to a disciplined approach to innovation that underpins our work to ensure repeatable success, whatever the project. We call this the Five Disciplines of Innovation. We share our innovation best practices through a variety of workshops and programs to help clients manage sustainable innovation within their own organizations, too.

Leadership and Staff

SRI CEO Curt Carlson

A prestigious Board of Directors from the public and private sectors actively governs SRI. Our executive team has a broad base of knowledge in science, engineering, and technology innovation, coupled with expertise in policy and business strategy. They create and lead programs to solve clients' increasingly complex challenges.

SRI’s staff members build commitment, integrity, and a passion for innovation into all client and partner relationships. We are organized into seven R&D divisions and other groups that take an interdisciplinary approach to meeting client needs. SRI employs approximately 2,500 people worldwide, including scientists, engineers, technologists, policy researchers, and corporate and support staff. Many are renowned leaders in their fields. More than 40 percent of staff have advanced degrees, and about 25 percent have doctorates.

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History and Mission

SRI International was founded as Stanford Research Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, by Stanford University in 1946. SRI became independent of the university in 1970, and we changed our name to SRI International in 1977 to reflect our growing reach. Today, we are one of the world’s most diverse independent R&D organizations.

Our mission has been constant: SRI is committed to discovery and to the application of science and technology for knowledge, commerce, prosperity, and peace. As a nonprofit organization, we have the freedom—and passion—to focus on problems on national and global importance such as health, education, and security.

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