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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December 14, 2022

The return of the Governor's Awards for High Impact Research, in person at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science!
Winners announcement coming mid-November
with online registration and more details. 

Presented by:

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Hosted by:

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For the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR), many of our members are small and medium businesses who may not understand the value of the labs that are in our own backyard - CO-LABS provides tours and opportunities for sharing information that allows our membership to tap into the work of amazing scientists and create new partnerships.  I believe it is important to keep these lines of communication and opportunity open for all.”

Alires Almon, Founder, Deep Space Predictive & Chair, Colorado Space Business Roundtable

CIRA tour
NIST Public Safety Communications Resear
Dept of Interior drone use
LASP cube sats
Dan Powers 2019 EarthX interview
2019 BEC Summit 3
A fine day for science
NSF Ice Core Research Lab
2019 CO-LABS Governors Awards event Kris
NCAR Aviation Facility
Space Weather Research
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The NSF/NCAR Gulfstream-V
The National Science Foundation's Na
NREL Solar Research Facility
LASP tour
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