Scientific Presence Colorado

Business is Global. Innovation is Local

Scientific presence is a holistic look at science and technology activity; a picture of inventive and innovative trends, emerging markets, talent pools, and the depth of scientific, technical and engineering enterprise, the indicators of future economic development and growth.


2013 Way Better Count: 4,149 — US Rank — #18
2013 Official Count: 2,793— US Rank — #14
Patents 1963—2013: 52,534
Use the Map and Scientific Presence Indicators and Metrics at left to examine the elements of scientific presence in Colorado or click the map to see the Scientific Presence Profile for another state. The Scientific Presence profiles are dynamic and are updated when new metrics and observatons become available, please visit often.

Businesses & Outposts

335 Organizations

National and international corporations, universities, government agencies, businesses, and other organizations
earning patents with first named inventors from Colorado.

The Top Ten

Companies Working With Colorado Inventors 2009—2013 based on first named inventors who are from Colorado.


The Complete List →

All Independent Inventors

2012 — 528 | 2013 — 517 | 2014 — 558
Total 1977—2014: 14,587
2014 US Rank — #12 | Overall Rank: #13

Independent Inventors are not affiliated with a company or other entity when their patents are granted. Many independent inventors use their patents as an important asset for new business formation. If a patent has more than one inventor, each inventor is counted according to his or her state of residence at the time of patent grant. If an inventor has more than one patent, he or she is counted once for each patent.
Source: USPTO

Research & Development (R&D)

Total 2012 R&D Expenditures in Colorado: $6,862,000,000.

US R&D Rank — #18 | R&D Intensity — 2.59%
Colorado GDP — $264,733,000,000 | GDP Rank — 18
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Business R&D and Innovation Survey, 2011.

Colorado R&D Spending

In Millions of Dollars — 000,000)
SOURCES: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NSF/NCSES), National Patterns of R&D Resources (annual series), Business Research and Development and Innovation Survey, Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges, Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development, Survey of State Government R&D. State GDP data are from the US. Bureau of Economic Analysis, http://www.bea.gov, accessed 1 August 2013.
Category Subcategory US
R&D Spending
R&D Spending
All R&D $428,163 $6,862
Business Business - Total 294,093 4,310
Paid by The Business 238,768 3,642
Paid By Others - Non Federal Sources 24,015 242
Paid By Others - Federal Sources 31,909 426
Universities & Colleges Total 62,457 1,291
Federal Sources 37,714 987
Other Government Sources 3,718 45
Business 3,189 62
University &College Directly 12,965 121
Non-Profit Organizations 4,872 77
Other Non-Profits 6,553 375
States Internal NA 7
Federal 35,775 294
FFRDCs Total 17,718 585
FFRDCs - Federal 17,372 553
FFRDCs - Non-Federal NA 32

Colorado Higher Education R&D (HERD) Spending

(Dollars in thousands - 000)
Source: National Science Foundation — Higher education R&D (HERD) expenditures, by geographic division, state, and source of funds: FY 2012
All R&D
Federal Government State & Local
Institution Funding Business Nonprofit
All Other Sources
US $65,774,524 $40,130,460 $3,704,365 $13,673,539 $3,281,809 $4,033,233 $951,118
Colorado 1,338,888 992,053 67,434 127,339 75,402 64,165 12,495

See how higher education funding breaks down by the source of the funding and the science, technology, and engineering domain where it is spent.

Follow the Money | Spending by Source & Domain →

Scientists & Engineers

Population with college degrees, scientific or engineering degrees, and doctorates in S&E research domains.


All Degrees
Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2009
Total Population over 25 with College Degrees
Location All Degrees S&E Degrees S&E % Margin of
US 56,335,654 20,498,538 36.4% 0.1%
Colorado 1,181,594 479,385 40.6% 0.6%
Future Scientists
High School Graduation Rates
US Total 80%
Colorado 75%
Public high school 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate 2011-2012, Source US Department of Education
Map of College Degrees by State

Doctorate Degrees
Source: NSF, NIH, USED, USDA, NEH, NASA, Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2012.
Location US Rank Doctorate Degrees Granted % of US Total
US 51,008
Colorado 21 810 0.01%
Doctorate Granting Institutions

One of the top 50 US doctorate-granting institutions are located in Colorado. University of Colorado, Boulder granted 343.


A look at the research focused institutions supporting the State's scientific presence.

Expenditures at Colorado Higher Education R&D Institutions

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Higher Education Research and Development Survey, FY 2012.
US Rank Institution All R&D Expenditures
  All US Institutions $65,774,524
48 University Colorado, Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus 431,977
55 University Colorado, Boulder 392,004
60 Colorado State University, Ft. Collins 375,919
188 Colorado School of Mines 58,836
193 US Air Force Academy 56,044
296 University Denver 15,237
403 University Colorado, Colorado Springs 4,727
469 University Northern Colorado 2,896
601 Colorado College 1,248
  Colorado $ 1,338,888

Follow the Money | How Money Was Allocated to Colorado Institutions →

Federally Funded R&D Centers

Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs) located in Colorado, the federal government department that sponsors the center, and information about their research spending.
FFRDC Sponsor Location All R&D Expenditures
All US FFRDCs     $17,446,036
National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research NSF Boulder 169,743
National Renewable Energy Lab. DOE Golden 398,873
All FFRDC Expenditures in Colorado $ 568,616

Follow the Money | Spending By Colorado Based FFRDCS →

Federal Laboratories

Source: Federal Lab Consortium
Agency Sponsor Lab
Dept. of Agriculture ARS - Northern Plains Area
Dept. of Agriculture FS - Rocky Mountain Research Station
Dept. of Agriculture WS - APHIS - National Wildlife Research Center
Dept. of Commerce Boulder Laboratories
Dept. of Commerce Earth System Research Laboratory
Dept. of Commerce NOAA-National Geophysical Data Center
Dept. of Commerce NTIA - Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
Dept. of Defense - Air Force Air Force Academy
Dept. of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dept. of Interior Biological Resources Discipline - Central Regional Office
Dept. of Interior Bureau of Reclamation
Dept. of Interior Colorado Water Science Center
Dept. of Interior Mid-Continent Ecological Science Center
Dept. of Transportation FRA - Transportation Technology Center

Federal Laboratories | US Master List →

About Scientific Presence

Indicia of Economic Growth, New Corporate Outposts and New Markets
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Scientific presence is a holistic look at science and technology activity in a particular location. Way Better Patents™ combines its own custom patent and innovation analytics with authoritative information on R&D spending, demographic data, STEM education information, economic data, grant data, information on patent owners, and the presence of young companies, the engines of most new job creation, to create each Scientific Presence Profile.
Scientific Presence metrics, when combined with information about new patented inventions, presents a picture of emerging inventive and innovative trends, nascent market development, the depth of scientific activity in a location, the companies establishing outposts in new locations beyond their corporate headquarters, and how many people are participating in these activities.
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