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



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.

“I am grateful for all that you are doing on behalf of the community of science across Colorado.  I am glad to participate and support this important group - and to recognize the excellence of research and technology commercialization brought together by CO-LABS. Keep up the great work!  It is deeply appreciated.”

Walter G. Copan, Ph.D., Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology & Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

NOTE: The 2020 Awards Have Been Postponed due to COVID-19 Impacts

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
2017 CO-LABS Governor's Awards - James B
2019 CO-LABS Governors Awards event winn
The NSF/NCAR Gulfstream-V
The National Science Foundation's Na
NREL Solar Research Facility
LASP tour
CO-LABS Promote Educate Connect log


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Boulder CO 80302


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The National Science Foundation's Na

The National Science Foundation's National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale observation facility operated by Battelle and designed to collect long-term open access ecological data to better understand how U.S. ecosystems are changing. The comprehensive data, spatial extent and remote sensing technology provided by NEON enables a large and diverse user community to tackle new questions at scales not accessible to previous generations of ecologists.

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