AURP Peer2Peer Network groups help professionals in the university-based incubator and tech park industry share challenges and lessons learned in a friendly, informal environment. Peer2Peer groups meet monthly and provide an opportunity for individuals in similar roles and functions to exchange recommendations, best-practices and ideas to utilize AURP’s best resource: its own members. Championed by both the Board and Advisory Council members for its flexibility, each Peer2Peer group is able to determine the format that best suits the members of the group, including possible guest speakers, special topics and roundtables.

NOTE: You must be an AURP member in good standing and provide your AURP member ID to participate.


Please help us in welcoming our new Chief Executive Officer, Carol Stewart. She currently manages the David Johnston Research + Technology Park at the University of Waterloo, where she spearheads creation, planning, and development of the park, among other responsibilities and leaves the R+T Park as it approaches the one million square foot milestone.

Carol is an experienced research park leader with a more than 25-year career serving the academic/not-for-profit sector, as well as the high-tech industry in Waterloo region located in Ontario, Canada. She is the Co-Founder and Immediate Past-President of AURP Canada (the association’s Canadian chapter) and has been an active board member of AURP since 2010.  

Click here to view the entire press release.


AURP’s Nominations for Board Service

Looking to get more involved within AURP? AURP is requesting nominations for the 2017 Board of Directors Election to be held this summer. All research park members in good standing may nominate themselves, or others, for service on the Board. 

We encourage all research park members of AURP to consider serving on the Board. AURP is poised for a bright future as the science and technology sector is undergoing dramatic growth and research parks are key to supporting that growth.  

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AURP’s Outreach to the New U.S. Administration 

With Inauguration Day less than nine days away, AURP has communicated to President-Elect Trump, requesting discussion with the new presidential team and the Association's governing board. AURP proactively advocates for the critical innovation policies and support needed for the advancement of University Research Parks across the United States. A letter sent to President-Elect Trump highlights how University Research Parks and Innovation/Venture Districts represent the emerging innovation infrastructure in the United States. AURP provides recommendations to strengthen and target improvements for the innovation community by providing links to several white papers, some of which were created by AURP and others that were done in conjunction with partners like The Brookings Institution. Making an advanced connection with the new Administration will stress the importance of University Research Parks and the significant impact they have on the U.S. economy.

AURP encourages our membership and innovation community to forward this letter on to their state delegation to converge on a like-minded, power-house strategy to strengthen and support our the United States Community of Innovation.

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Bolstering Tech Transfer & Commercialization Policies

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, AURP Past President Brian Darmody, Associate Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of Maryland and thought leaders from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and The Brookings Institution plus additional organizational executives, gathered at the Dirksen Senate Office Building to discuss how the incoming administration and Congress can bolster technology transfer and commercialization policies to ensure that federal R&D investments yield stronger commercial results, in large part by better coordinating with regional economies.

ITIF and The Brookings Institution have recently proposed 50 innovative policy ideas to do just that, including the recommendations presented from the AURP Power of Place and The Power of Innovation white papers. Click here to view their recommendations.


AURP Elects New
2017 Board Members and Executive Officers

Tucson, AZ, Oct. 13, 2016 –The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) today announces the election of its new 2017 board members and new executive officers. Newly elected members of the AURP Board include:

• Stephen Frayser, MBA, MPA, Executive Director of STAR Park at Texas State University

• Greg King, CEcD, Associate Vice President for Economic Development at Georgia Institute of Technology

• Tiffany Griego, MBA, Managing Director of Asset Management for Stanford Real Estate

• Leah Burton, Director of Centennial Campus Partnership Office and Industry Alliances at NC State University

Charles D’Agostino, MBA, Executive Director of the LSU Innovation Park, completed his two-year term as President of the AURP Board of Directors and will continue as Past President of AURP. Mason Ailstock, President and CEO of Convergent Consultants, PBC, former COO of The Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, will now serve as AURP President for a two-year term. Jeanne Mell, Vice President of Marketing Communications at The University City Science Center, will serve as Vice President. Ken Marcus, Director at University of Arizona Science and Technology Park and Chief Financial Officer of the Campus Research Corporation, will serve as Treasurer. Stephen Frayser, MBA, MPA, Executive Director of STAR Park at Texas State University, will serve as Secretary. At-large officers include, Leah Burton, Director, Partnership Office & Industry Alliances, Centennial Campus, North Carolina State University, and Aaron Miscenich, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, New Orleans BioInnovation Center, Inc.

“University research parks are the hubs for innovation and collaboration throughout the world—fostering groundbreaking discoveries that are brought about through unique partnerships,” said new AURP President Ailstock. “Research parks are the convergence of industry, private companies and academia—bridging the gap and working to cultivate a more prosperous global future. It is both my honor and pleasure to assume the role of AURP President, and I look forward to taking the association to new heights.” Review the full AURP Leadership Team.



AURP Announces 21st Annual Awards Of Excellence Winners At The 2016 International Conference In Oklahoma City

Western Research Parks Recognized with 2016 Outstanding Research Park Award

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, September 29, 2016 – The Association of University Research Parks (AURP), a professional association of university related research and science parks, announced today the winners of its 21st Annual Awards of Excellence, which were presented during an awards luncheon held at the association’s 2016 International Conference in Oklahoma City. Award categories included: the Outstanding Research Park Award, Emerging Research Park Award, Innovation Awards, Career Achievement Award, and the Leadership Award.

The Outstanding Research Park Award recognizes university research parks and their leadership and encourages continuous evaluation and development of best practices for the research park community. This year’s prestigious award in this category went to Western Research Parks, part of Western University located at London, Ontario in Canada. The community of three research park campuses includes the original park now named Western Discovery Park, the Western Advanced Manufacturing Park and the Western-Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.

“Western is extremely proud to be the first research park in Ontario to receive this recognition,” said University of Western Ontario President Amit Chakma. “Not only are we creating a world-class research culture at Western, but we’re doing so in conjunction with our community to bring both economic and societal benefits locally, nationally and internationally.”

Click here to real the entire release about all the winners.

AURP 2016 International Conference Kicks-off in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKSeptember 28, 2016 – The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) kicked-off its annual International Conference today in Oklahoma City (OKC) with hosts University of Oklahoma (OU) Research Campus and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. This event is being held primarily at the Skirvin Hilton today through September 30, 2016—drawing industry experts and research park leaders from across the U.S. and internationally.

This year’s theme is “Harnessing the Winds of Change: Pioneering the Future of Ingenuity at University Research Parks.” With research parks evolving and changing rapidly, parks are forced to examine and improve upon current processes and strategies. This year’s conference will address this movement, as well as the current university research park landscape, and provide insight and best practices on how research parks can thrive through the power of ingenuity.

Click here to read the entire release. 


An Economic Catalyst For Greater Philadelphia

Graduate firms and current residents of the University City Science Center’s business incubators support one out of every 100 jobs in Greater Philadelphia and drive nearly $13 billion in economic activity in the region, according to new analysis released today by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and Econsult Solutions, Inc. The University City Science Center: An Economic Catalyst for Greater Philadelphia study quantifies benefits associated with the Science Center’s business incubation services including job growth, salaries and wages, economic output, and fiscal impact.

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Research Parks Redux

In the early 1980s, the idea of university-related research parks began to pique the interest of business leaders around the world. These unique planned properties offered close proximity to university researchers, student workforces, and the cutting-edge discoveries in science and technology that could lead to commercial success for the companies that took notice.

While each has its own unique approach and focus, numerous university research parks have sprung up over the past few decades. Traditionally, these facilities are located on open land masses near the universities that sponsor them, with goals to boost economic development and university reputations by successfully commercializing faculty research.

In recent years, as universities have dealt with tightened budgets, their research parks have taken on new and important roles. Most higher education institutions no longer have sufficient funding available to sustain the original parks model. Now, the hope is that more-comprehensive innovation centers—supported by successful companies founded on faculty research—will help sustain the universities and their local communities. It's a viable goal, and one that many parks are successfully reaching, but not without facing new challenges and experimenting with innovative solutions. 

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Huntsville Lands Prestigious 2017 Conference in Cummings Research Park


Cummings Research Park will welcome more than 200 professionals next year during the Association of University Research Parks' conference in Huntsville.

The City of Huntsville announced today it will host the international conference for the first time in fall 2017. It's a major coup for Research Park, which is developing a master plan that will transform the technology hub in Huntsville.

The city had been trying to lure the AURP conference to Huntsville for a decade when new Research Park Director Erin Koshut stepped in and made it happen. Read more via


Building An Entrepreneurial Eco-System

 Greg Deason, AURP Past President; Senior Vice President of Purdue Research Foundation; Executive Director of Purdue Foundry and Purdue Research Park

 U.S. Commerce Department Announces $5 Million in Grants to Advance Innovation Across America

12 Grants Issued through the Regional Innovation Strategies Program to Support Planning and Feasibility Studies for Science and Research Parks

WASHINGTON—U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams announced the 12 recipients of the 2014 Science and Research Park Development Grants, part of the Regional Innovation Strategies program. The Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program, which is being run by the Department’s Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), is a new initiative designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities in regions across the country through three different types of grants: i6 Challenge grants, Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds, and Science and Research Park Development Grants. Secretary Pritzker announced the recipients of the i6 Challenge grants and Cluster Grants for Seed Capital funds in March. Read More



U.S. Commerce Secretary Announces $10 Million in Grants to Advance Innovation Across America

26 Grants Issued through the Regional Innovation Strategies Program to Spur Capacity Building and Access to Capital for Innovators and Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the first 26 recipients of the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program grants. The Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program, which is being run by the Department’s Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), is a new initiative designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities in regions across the country through three different types of grants: i6 Challenge grants, Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds, and Science and Research Park Development Grants. Secretary Pritzker announced the recipients of the first two funding opportunities. Recipients of the third grant will be announced in the coming weeks. Read More


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