About Us

Innovating from Lab to Marketplace

SRI International is a nonprofit, independent research center serving government and industry. We work on some of the world’s most important problems, collaborating across technical disciplines to spark new ideas and solutions. 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 moves 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 by the Numbers

$4 billion
in sponsored R&D in the last decade
$540 million
in annual revenue
of lives improved or saved by SRI innovations
issued patents
employees worldwide
years of contributions to society
spin-off companies

Business Model

Sponsored R&D is at the center of SRI’s integrated business models. 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 impact, not shareholder value. The revenue generated by our R&D projects, commercialization activities, and marketplace solutions is reinvested in SRI capabilities, facilities, and staff to advance our mission and to continue to meet client and partner needs.

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Leadership and Staff

SRI CEO William Jeffrey

SRI CEO William Jeffrey

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 R&D divisions and other groups that take an interdisciplinary approach to meeting client needs. SRI employs approximately 2,100 people worldwide, including scientists, engineers, technologists, policy researchers, and corporate and support staff. Many are renowned leaders in their fields. More than 45 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 our name change to SRI International in 1977 reflected our growing reach. Today, we are one of the world’s most diverse independent R&D organizations.

Our mission: World-changing solutions making people safer, healthier, and more productive.

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