New Mexico has been at the cutting edge of research and development for decades. Innovation is part of our culture. The state provides a virtually unmatched opportunity for business and industry to collaborate with world class scientific and research institutions; and this has been a foundation of our innovation ecosystem in the state.

New Mexico has


National Labs

Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs are both Department of Energy National Labs and in addition to the Airforce Research Lab, are all located in the state. 




Enrolled in top-tier research universities

There are almost 40,000 full-time students enrolled in one of our 3 top-tier research universities; UNM, NMSU, and New Mexico Tech. 


in non-industry investment in R&D

New Mexico was ranked 1st in non-industry investment in research and development and 2nd in high-tech jobs.

An Unparalleled R&D Ecosystem

New Mexico’s R&D ecosystem is diverse and includes everything from national labs to established innovators like Descartes Labs to early-stage research companies.

Unparalleled R&D 
NM Partnership Culture of Innovation

Descartes Labs

Descartes Labs is a geospatial intelligence company based out of Santa Fe, NM that helps organizations benefit from the scientific analysis of observable, physical world events. The company’s SaaS platform enables custom signal development, and their packaged analytics solutions create new sources of operational advantage and sustainability for customers across Agriculture, Consumer Goods, Mining, and Government.

Pebble Labs

Pebble Labs is a biotechnology company based out of Los Alamos, NM developing solutions to safely and sustainably increase natural crop yield and food security. They do this using their proprietary platform technology, Directed Biotics. Directed Biotics eliminates emerging pathogens and diseases in plant and animal food production using an RNAi “probiotic approach.”

The Santa Fe Institute

The Santa Fe Institute is an independent, nonprofit theoretical research institute located in Santa Fe, NM. SFI uses mathematical and computational approaches to search for similarities in the fundamental principles of complex adaptive systems, including physical, computational, biological, and social systems.

National Center for Genome Research

The National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a non-profit research institute that conducts research across a broad range of topics at the forefront of genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics. They often undertake collaborative programs in Infectious Diseases, Inherited Childhood Diseases, Legume Biology, Crop Improvement, Population Genetics and Semantic Web.

The Mind Research Network

Headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, the Mind Research Network is working towards the discovery and advancement of clinical solutions for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness and other brain disorder. The Mind Research Network has an extended community of academicians, researchers, graduate students, and technicians around the world.

Lobo Rainforest

The University of New Mexico’s Lobo Rainforest in Albuquerque, NM, provides students with the opportunity to live in the heart of InnovateABQ. InnovateABQ is a public-private partnership created to develop a 7-acre innovation district in downtown Albuquerque.

NMSU’s Physical Science Laboratory

Located on the main campus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, the Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) is a unique national resource that supports the development and application of new and existing technologies. Some of PSL’s areas of study include Electronic Warfare, Counter Measures, Cyber, Telemetry and Missile Systems, 21st Century Aerospace and Scientific Ballooning. PSL also maintains a catalog of telemetry and antenna systems designed and built in the lab.

Top-Tier R&D Universities

New Mexico is home to three major research universities with almost 40,000 of the state’s 133,000 students enrolled at these research universities.

UNM Innovation
NM Tech Innovation
NMSU Innovation