Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC)

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

As experts in big ideas, the national labs are constantly searching for new ways to connect with great minds. The Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC)—an innovation hub along the boundaries of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories within the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area—creates a novel venue for collaborations between experts from within and outside the labs.

In LVOC’s expanding village of advanced scientific and engineering centers, researchers from private industry and academia collaborate freely with lab personnel to contribute to the next generation of big ideas. Ideas that will solve the critical and seemingly intractable challenges faced by collaborators and the national labs alike.

Creating a wide open future

LVOC is already delivering on its promise. Innovation driven by collaboration with industry and academia in areas like transportation energy, cybersecurity, bioscience and advanced manufacturing are taking hold at Sandia National Laboratories. 

Combustion Research Facility

For decades, the Combustion Research Facility (CRF) has been delving into
 the complexities of combustion to provide the auto industry the science basis for improving engines—often working side-by-side with industry researchers. According to a top U.S. auto industry executive, every engine made today is cleaner and more efficient due to the CRF’s work. 

Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation

The Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI) is enabling zero emission, hydrogen infrastructure by lowering cost and improving performance of fuel cells, fueling stations and a variety of applications.

Biotech Collaboration Center

Partners at the Biotech Collaboration Center are developing medical and biosecurity solutions, such as tools
 for rapid diagnosis of disease and the science needed to produce practical biofuels. A project to diagnose the sources of contamination of algal ponds, for example, promises to help overcome a barrier to biofuels production. 

And we believe the future is wide open. With partners who complement our expertise, innovation, and vision, LVOC stands poised to create solutions for the challenges we face today—to forge a more secure, prosperous, and stable tomorrow.