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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PRESS RELEASE:  AURP Presents Annual Awards of Excellence at 2021 International Conference at the University of Utah Research Park   

Tucson, Arizona, October 28, 2021 - The Association of University Research Parks (AURP), a global non-profit membership organization serving the institutional research park and innovation district community, presented its 2021 Awards of Excellence honorees last week at AURP’s 2021 International Conference hosted by the University of Utah Research Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to its awards presentations, AURP celebrated its 35th Anniversary of Advancing Innovation & Economic Growth. Read more.

Communities of Innovation 101 - LAUNCH POINT - held at 2021 International Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

Thank you to the University of Utah Research Park, Jonathan Bates, and the entire 2021 Conference Planning Team for an amazing conference! This AURP gathering included over 275 of the foremost global leaders in our community of innovation at Innovation Elevated, our 2021 International Conference in Salt Lake City. Intense networking, interactive sessions with C-suite executives, speakers and peers, highly informative tours, AURP IC2021 delivered diverse learning strategies to ELEVATE INNOVATION. #BuildTheAURPNetwork   #AURPIC2021                                          Click to view the Preliminary Program