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. 

 Member benefits include:

  • Network With a Global Reach through events:
    •  Spring Training Master Class
    •  International Conference
    •  Insights into Research Parks
    •  Communities of Innovation 101
    •  BIO Health Caucus
  • US Federal funding updates
  • Mentorship programs
  • Member E-list, peer groups & forums
  • Awards of Excellence in Innovation
  • Professional Resources such as salary benchmark reports, RFPs/RFQs, digital library, & job center
  • Park Post E-news and Eblast announcements
  • Consider Sustaining Membership to excel your exposure within our ecosystem 
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AURP Awards of Excellence in Innovation

With pivot to a digital platform, it is more important than ever to recognize and honor parks, companies and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in innovation. Mark your calendar to virtually attend the 2020 International Conference (Nov 2-6) as we present the 24th Annual Awards of Excellence in Innovation. 
AURP is accepting nominations for:
     Outstanding Research Park 
     Emerging Research Park
     Rising Star- A New Generation of Innovation Leadership
     Excalibur- Covid-19 National Response & Resiliency (deadline Aug 31)
For guidelines and applications plus to view previous awards recipients, visit AURP Awards of Excellence.
Nominations are due on or before June 30th. 
Submit Your Nomination


Regular Peer Networking Zoom Gatherings - new recordings available in the Digital Library
Join AURP for the Peer to Peer (P2P) network to learn how others are dealing with this rapidly changing crisis, discussions include new best practices for maintaining the environment, employee privacy and safety, financial strategies and more. Additionally, at the Communicator Check-In, your communications, marketing, community and tenant liaisons meet up to share media and communications strategies to share your park/district voice and initiatives. Learn through shared experiences and guest speakers. Sign up today!

April 1, 2020 P2P Recording
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