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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BIO health caucus goes digital! #aurpbhc
June 3 - 4 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern

At this digital event, national business and nonprofit leaders will explore trends in life science research, opportunity zone funding, the marriage of life science and philanthropy, and finding funding for projects and facilities during a global pandemic.
BIO Health Caucus Agenda

Guest Speakers:
Joel Marcus, Alexandria Real Estate Services
Maurice Jones, Local Initiatives Support Group
Stephen Susalka, AUTM
Lightning round snapchats with bio health cluster leaders


The AURP Nominating Committee is currently seeking proven leaders to serve on the Board of Directors for 2020-2022. Executives from university research/science/tech parks, innovation districts, medical centers, community colleges, incubators, and our corporate industry partners that are instrumental in facilitating the design, planning, development, operations and strategy of these communities of innovation are invited to respond to this Call for Board Nominations.

Nomination Form


Weekly Networking calls (Wednesday's at 2PM Eastern) - 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. 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!

April 1, 2020 P2P Recording
How to Access Circles