The Science & Technology Innovation Laboratories (“Innovation Labs”) Program supports collaborative scientific research and STEM workforce development through developing and operating a number of multidisciplinary labs for shared use by a diversity of organizations.   The Innovation Labs are located at NASA’s Ames Research Center (ARC), and are jointly managed by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and NASA. Through this program, 3rdparties from government, industry, and academia can become Affiliates to engage in the shared use of the Innovation Labs in support of collaborative research and STEM workforce development.  

Shared Use of Scientific Equipment and Facilities for Government, Industry, and Academia

Scientific equipment available for shared use in the labs in the following labs:

STEM Workforce Development

The Innovation Labs Program is designed to support various STEM Workforce Development activities involving students from high schools, colleges, and universities.  For example, one planned use of the labs it to support hands-on curriculum for students from Foothill College to learn advanced skills for using a high-resolution Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) as part of a course on nanomaterials characterization. Another example of a planned use of the labs is to support the GeneLab for High Schools Program, which is a new Space Biology training initiative whose goals include teaching students basic bioinformatics skills and advanced skills for using the NASA GeneLab Data Platform. 


The NAMS Life Science Student Symposium was heald Friday, October 26th at NASA Ames. For more information, please download the agenda.

Become an Affiliate

NASA and USRA welcome those interested in becoming new affiliates to collaborate in this activity. Affiliates can use existing labs as well as support the development and enhancement of new labs.  If interested, please contact Wenonah Vercoutere, Joseph Varelas, or David Bell.