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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A Look at the Programs and Policies Under the New Administration and Congress
February 24th  | 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET
Hear from leading policy analysts and practitioners that have helped communities build communities of innovation around universities, federal labs, hospital systems, cities, and other anchor institutions how the incoming Biden Administration and new Congress will reshape policies and programs in the upcoming years. Anyone working on place-based or tech-based economic development should join this webinar.


Spring Training 2021

Join us virtually for this year's Spring Training 2021, where our innovation leaders will dive deep into discussions with C-Suite executives plus innovation pioneers to lead discovery dialogue preparing you for opportunities, and strategies for decades to come. We are going low-tech to include informal lunch groups and roundtable breakout rooms so participants will engage openly and directly with their peers, sponsors, and session leaders. Visit our website for more details! 



Congratulations to our 2020 Awards of Excellence Recipients!
We honor our many additional award recipients from 2020. Read more