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IBM has a long-running tradition of research collaboration with our colleagues in academia. The goal of IBM's Collaborative Research Initiatives is to continue strong partnerships with the university ecosystem and ensure open innovation as a means to respond to our changing world.

Open innovation through collaboration

Our planet is facing great challenges in the coming decades. Issues such as global climate changes and higher density in urban areas create a need for smarter solutions to our water management systems, infrastructure, energy sources, healthcare systems, and many other areas. In order to adapt to the changes and also ensure a sustainable future, industry, government and academia must collaborate openly to expedite innovative solutions.

With the Open Collaboration Research Program (OCR), IBM seeks to address these trends, by diminishing barriers and reducing complexities caused by the implications of intellectual property ownership. The program promotes open collaboration research projects, with a purpose to accelerate innovation to benefit the world at large and IBM. Outcomes of collaborations are open — meaning that results are freely available, and publicly shared — which provides maximum opportunity for others to build on the results.

Explore and learn

We invite you to explore this site and learn more about our OCR awards program and other collaborative research initiatives. You will also be able to find a list of all our research projects, read the project stories and discover relevant and helpful information.

We want to share what we have learned, so that we can quickly begin to work together to study the significantly challenging problems facing our planet and create smarter solutions that deliver real impact to the world.