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Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC)

  • Opportunity in the Livermore Valley

    The LVOC brings together laboratories, academia, and industry partners.

  • Open engagement

    Expanding opportunities for open engagement of the broader scientific community.

  • Building on success

    Sandia's Combustion Research Facility pioneered open collaboration over 30 years ago.

  • Access to DOE-funded capabilities

    Expanding access to foundational research at the Department of Energy national labs.

  • Targeting the toughest problems

    Join us in multi-disciplinary R&D to solve large-scale challenges.

Unprecedented collaboration in an open research and development space

The newly-opened LVOC is a 110-acre campus that brings academia and businesses together with researchers from two national laboratories to work on today's biggest science and engineering challenges.

Through an exciting partnership between two Department of Energy national laboratories, Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC) was established in 2011 as a space for open, collaborative work in areas such as bioscience, cyber security, detection technologies, and hydrogen applications. Collaborators can visit LVOC facilities for hours, days, weeks, or even months to work side by side with researchers at the national laboratories.

Nestled against the hills in eastern Livermore, California, the LVOC is situated on a parcel of land that spans the border between the two historically closed, self-contained labs. New and emerging programs tackle diverse issues relevant to today's technological and political challenges, including energy, environmental, cyber, nuclear, and economic security.

Facilities at the LVOC include the world-renowned Combustion Research Facility, managed by Sandia; the brand-new High Performance Computing Innovation Center, managed by Lawrence Livermore; and other well-established, new, and planned facilities. Its placement in the East Bay area and its proximity to Silicon Valley, as well as the success of past collaborations at the Combustion Research Facility, enhance the ability of LVOC partners to achieve meaningful progress toward shared goals: accelerating foundational science, bringing products to market faster, achieving cost reductions, and increasing profitability as a direct result of LVOC partnerships.