Colorado’s leading research institutions and high concentration of federal laboratories make significant contributions to the state’s dynamic innovation economy.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
All located in Boulder, these federal labs conduct research in atmospheric and related sciences, including exploring and monitoring worldwide weather, climate, the space environment, and ocean resources.
- Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)
CIRA is a cooperative institute between NOAA and Colorado State University to provide global climate research, satellite observations, and air quality measurements.
- National Solar Observatory (NSO)
The National Science Foundation and the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy selected CU-Boulder to house the NSO headquarters and plans to add scientists, engineers, and administration staff to manage all data analysis and instrument development.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The NIST in Boulder promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology.
- Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
CIRES is a cooperative institute between NOAA and the University of Colorado that conducts research in Earth system science, including environmental chemistry and biology, atmospheric and climate dynamics, and the solar-terrestrial environment.