Research & Development

Federally Funded Laboratories

Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of federal science, research, and engineering facilities in the nation. The Front Range alone is home to 26 federally funded laboratories, covering a diverse set of fields.

Bureau of Reclamation Technical Services Center (BUREC TSC)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (CDC-DVBD)

Cooperative Institute for Research in Atmosphere (CIRA)

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

Department of the Interior North Central Climate Science Center

Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL)

Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA)

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP) 

National Ecological Observatory Network

National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)

National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)

National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

National Telecommunications and Information Administration - Institute for Telecommunications Sciences (ITS)

National Weather Service (NWS)

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)

Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS)

Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)


University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)


Learn more about each of these laboratories, what they do, and the impact of their efforts by visiting CO-LABS, a consortium of federally-funded laboratories, universities, businesses, local governments, and community leaders organized to establish Colorado as a global leader in research, technology, and their commercialization.

Academic Technology Transfer

University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office

The University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office provides support - IP administration, marketing and communications, policy development, legal advice, compliance, and financial management - and operational engagement with TTO's facility in Boulder.

Specifically, TTO provides the CU research community the following services:
  1. Advises faculty on IP issues
  2. Fosters inventor participation in the technology transfer process
  3. Advises campus researchers about the technology transfer process through a variety of means including seminars, monthly newsletter, and special events
  4. Solicits and analyzes invention disclosures from faculty, students, and staff
  5. Analyzes commercial feasibility of University IP and helps devise subsequent strategies to commercialize IP
  6. Prepares and manages the transfer of "tangible research property" such as biological materials
  7. Licenses patents and copyrights for commercial use and manages those licenses
University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office Website

CSU Ventures

CSU Ventures handles the business of technology transfer and commercialization at Colorado State University. They bring innovations and technologies discovered at CSU into the marketplace for the benefit of society. With expertise in intellectual property, licensing, partnership-building, and entrepreneurship, they protect, manage and transfer CSU innovations by connecting individuals and companies with University researchers.