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Championing Colorado's World-Class Research Ecosystem
We Connect Colorado's Scientists,
Universities & Businesses

Federal lab


& jobs



Colorado Has Over 30 Federal TaxPayer-Funded

Scientific Research Labs

From agriculture to aerospace, geology to GPS, extreme weather to quantum physics,

even wildlife biology to ice cores (and more!) the range of crucial,

world-class research in our state is astounding.


Nurturing this network is our mission.

We aim to keep these labs funded, and keep them here

We connect technologists to help manifest scientific discoveries improving the world -
Let us connect you with brilliance!



We get into the numbers, the ROI, answer the "who cares" question.


We promote the economic and intellectual value of taxpayer-funded research through reports, studies and media coverage.


We spotlight incredible work by Colorado's world-class scientists.

We communicate the value of Colorado's federal research labs with newsletters, podcasts, social media and interviews.


We connect smart, curious people with scientific research labs.

We host lab tours, conference calls, workshops and special gatherings to connect you with brilliance.

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“CO-LABS does outstanding work for Colorado’s science community, supporting research labs that advance the frontiers of knowledge as well as sustain Colorado’s diverse economy. Its mission strengthens productive connections among research facilities and vital stakeholders across the state. I deeply appreciate the dedication of CO-LABS and look forward to continuing collaborations with this important organization.” 

- Antonio J. Busalacchi
President, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

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On October 11, 2023 the CO-LABS annual Governor's Awards for High Impact Research event was hosted at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  


200 scientists, technologists, academics, business leaders and a range of civic leaders and science champions gathered to celebrate groundbreaking discoveries by scientists in Colorado for their achievements and innovative ideas.  See the winners' spotlight videos below, and the full event wesbite here. 

The annual Governor’s Awards provides a unique opportunity to recognize our state’s prestigious scientific community, and highlight their central role in worldwide innovation that significantly contributes to Colorado’s economy.