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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.
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NSF Engines Application Deadline (June 30th)
The deadline to submit concept outlines for the NSF Engines program is approaching fast! NSF Engines provide regions with up to $160M, over up to 10 years to build their innovation ecosystems.  As a reminder, Type-1 concept outlines are two pages and Type-2 concept outlines are five pages. Your coalition/region must submit a concept outline to be eligible to lead a coalition for an NSF Engine award.  You do not need to submit your own concept paper to participate in an NSF Engine as a Core Partner. Learn more.


Welcome to our new AURP Member!

Dr. David Cook Appointed President of North Dakota State University
Dr. David Cook, recently named the 15th president of North Dakota State University, served as Vice Chancellor for the Office of Public Affairs & Economic Development at the University of Kansas (KU). His economic development achievements include the expansion of the KU Innovation Park (now housing over 60 corporate tenants and startup companies). Read more.



Toronto Area Research Communities to Co-Host AURP 2022 International Conference 
With the theme of “GLOBAL INNOVATION AT SCALE: ROBUST STRATEGY. DELIVERING IMPACT,” our trio of co-hosts are set to welcome AURP’s 2022 International Conference, September 19-22, in Toronto, Ontario! Learn more.

Gain insights from experienced park and innovation district executives as they cover basic elements of strategy and share their lessons learned along the way. LEARN MORE