Research at Mines

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Leading the Way

Welcome to Colorado School of Mines’ Office of Research and Technology Transfer. Research at Mines has always been inspired by the changing needs of society and has driven the creation of new technologies to address those needs. Mines is a top-tier research university, and recognized as an R1 highly research-active institution by the Carnegie Classification. Mines is a national and global leader in key fields of research and scholarship, and a preferred partner to industry, governments, and academia around the world. Since its founding in 1874 to address the technology and talent requirements of the economy, Mines has maintained an enduring mission for foundational and use-inspired research and technology transfer. Today, Mines is characterized by:

an inclusive culture of excellence in research and innovation – interdisciplinary and collaborative, creating positive societal impact. 

Because of our historical roots in gold and silver mining, Mines is widely known for our geological and earth resource-related work, but the reality today is far greater. Our motto, “Earth, Energy, Environment,” does not constrain the type of research we do; rather, it highlights the types of problems – highly complex, often under-determined, and dynamic – that we like to solve. The collective talent of our faculty and students, combined with a culture of use-inspired and transdisciplinary research, are at the core of Mines’ success and enable a host of strong alliances with industry, other universities, and government institutions. In particular, a history of entrepreneurial faculty and students focused on transitioning new technologies to industry ensures that we keep our eyes on our mission: research for the benefit of society. I am confident you will find on our website a sense of the vitality, diversity, and problem-focused philosophy of Mines research, from discovery to invention to solutions.

WALTER COPAN  |  Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer

Coronavirus advice for researchers

Upcoming Events

Mines Methane Symposium:

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Zoom Recording: Watch Here!

RTT Town Hall Sessions:

Tuesday February 1st – 12:00-1:00PM – (Zoom)
Topic: RTT Updates and How Mines is preparing for major research opportunities.

Zoom Recording: Watch Here
Password: H72A@S3t

Decarbonization of Metals Manufacturing Infrastructure Bill Planning Workshop:

The RTT Office is hosting an Infrastructure Bill Planning Workshop focused on “Decarbonization of Metals Manufacturing”. The purpose of this workshop is to gather/identify current collaborators, sponsors, and stakeholders to (a) determine focus areas for maximum decarbonization impact, (b) identify and establish further stakeholders – labs, companies, other universities etc., with focus in these areas, and (c) outline an action plan to connect and integrate identified stakeholders into the team. Feel free to stop by and listen to the presentations or join in the brainstorming. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Anna DeGraaf ( with any additional questions.

Tuesday, March  24th – 2:00-6:00PM
Topic: Decarbonization of Metals Manufacturing

Decarbonization Workshop Agenda
Decarburization of Metals Manufacturing Slides

Role of Ammonia in the Hydrogen Economy Infrastructure Bill Planning Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to gather current expertise within and outside of Mines to share strengths in the synthesis and utilization of ammonia and its role in the production of clean hydrogen and to identify key collaborators and outline an action plan to prepare for upcoming calls expected from the infrastructure bill.

Event Schedule: Ammonia Workshop Flyer (PDF)


Mines Faculty & Administrators,

Join your colleagues and the Office of Research and Technology Transfer as we celebrate research at Mines, and the recent announcement by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education that Mines is an R1 – “Very High Research Activity” U.S. research university.  Additional information about this recognition is featured in this article in the Mines Newsroom – Link to Article. The Mines@R1 Day celebration will begin at 4:00Pm on Tuesday March 1st, 2022 and end at 6PM.  A short program featuring President Johnson, Vice President for Research & Technology Transfer Walter Copan, and Provost Rick Holz will begin at 4:15PM.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available.

Mines@R1Day Flyer (PDF)

RTT Town Hall Sessions:

Tuesday, March 1st – 12:00-1:00PM – (Zoom)
Topic: Infrastructure Investment and Job Act – Where does Mines fit in? and Shared Instrumentation Facility (SIF) Overview

Zoom Recording: Watch Here
Password: 3Wi*75UU

RTT Town Hall Sessions:

Tuesday, April 5th – 12:00-1:00PM (Zoom)
Topic: Infrastructure Bill Workshop Summaries & General Q&A

Zoom Link: join here
Password: 286453

ORCiD ID Workshop
Friday, April 22, 12-1pm

Co-hosted by the Arthur Lakes Library and RTT. Learn about the value of using an ORCiD ID as a digital persistent identifier to set you apart from other researchers and allow you to easily track your research output. We will also show you how to connect your ORCiD to our new funding search tool, Pivot-RP, to easily receive tailored funding opportunities.

In-person and online
Register at

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – Rare Earth Element
Demonstration Facility Planning Workshop
Thursday April 28, 3:00-7:00PM

Location: Avery Room, Ben E Parker Student Center

Purpose of the Workshop: The purpose of this workshop is to gather/identify current collaborators, sponsors, and stakeholders prepare the funding opportunity on a REE demonstration facility

Proposal Writing Best Practices

Monday, May 2, 12-1pm

Hosted by RTT. Learn best practices for writing a strong proposal to any sponsor, from understanding your sponsor to putting the bottom line up front.

  • Calendar invite attached
  • Join by ZOOM
    Password: 707257


RTT Town Hall Sessions:

Tuesday, May 3rd – 12:00-1:00PM (Zoom)
Topic: RTT Updates, Research Shared Services Discussion.

Zoom Recording: join here
Password: 2iH$=iH1

NSF CAREER Proposal Series: Writing a Compelling Story

Friday, May 6, 12-1pm

Hosted by the Writing Center and RTT. Complementing our proposal writing workshop, this workshop focuses on writing techniques to craft a narrative arc. This workshop is the fourth installment of our CAREER proposal series – please contact me for recordings of previous sessions, and feel free to join even if you don’t plan to submit an NSF CAREER proposal this summer.

Calendar invite attached

Join by ZOOM
Password: 468699

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Colorado School of Mines remains committed to tackling some of the most difficult challenges in earth, energy and environment, including finding solutions to groundwater contamination and lowering the risks of small-scale mining.