Reach your greatest potential as a member of AURP!

Since 1986, AURP has been the pioneer guiding leaders to cultivate communities of innovation at global anchor institutions such as universities, municipalities, federal labs, and corporations. AURP is a dynamic one-stop shop network of university research park and innovation districts professionals coupled with innovation suppliers and aligned ecosystem institutions.

Build your network with our global innovation village!


AURP’s goal is to connect great people, share outrageous ideas, plus create and grow communities. Representing over 700 global university-based institutions, innovation districts and more, these communities support 10,000+ jobs within North America alone. AURP is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the greater community of innovation and it’s professionals, providing resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of our AURP membership and global network.

We believe the partnerships within these communities have the power to transform society for the better. Our passion is to help our executive leaders achieve previously unimaginable levels of performance. We do this by nurturing the relationships of really smart, creative, and interesting people—our members.


Some of our member benefits include:

  • Network With a Global Reach through online and in-person events such as:
    • Master Classes at Spring Training
    • Annual International Conference (IC) 
    • Insight into Research Parks (I2RP)
    • Communities of Innovation 101
    • BIO Health Caucus
  •  U.S. Federal Funding Updates
  • Mentorship Programs
  • Member E-List, Peer Groups, and Forums
  • Annual Awards of Excellence in Innovation
  • Professional Resources such as Salary Benchmark Reports, RFPs/RFQs, the Digital Library of sample documents, plus the Career Center
  • Park Post E-Newsletter and E-blast announcements
  • Save Money through the volume discount program
  • Consider Sustaining Membership to excel your exposure within our ecosystem 
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Wednesday, April 1st @ 2:00 pm Eastern
Join AURP for the Peer to Peer (P2P) network to learn how others are dealing with this rapidly changing crisis. We are continuing this discussion every Wednesday with various presenters and representatives from research parks and innovation districts. Learn about their experiences through this difficult time and how you can apply it to your own organization. Sign up today!


 host ic2021

In 2021, AURP celebrates its 35th anniversary! And with this special milestone in mind, we're beginning the search for our next great AURP International Conference host for 2021. AURP Member research parks, innovation districts, cities, regions and other anchor institutions are asked to submit their bid to host AURP 2021 International Conference.

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Call for IC2020 proposals

The Association of University Research Parks (AURP), the world’s leading network of research community professionals, invites you to share your knowledge, expertise and experience by presenting at the 2020 International Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Adapting through the evolution is challenging, forcing leaders to examine processes and strategies currently in place. This year’s conference in Utah will address the current innovation ecosystem, and provide insight and best practices on how your research community can thrive through the power of ingenuity.

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