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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"Membership in AURP allows you to network with leaders of research parks, innovation communities, university, government and private organizations all interested in enabling innovation. Our new initiative to link Federal Opportunity Fund Managers with eligible research parks/innovation communities is one example of how AURP is constantly evolving to serve our member’s needs. Join now and learn how much AURP can do for you!" 
~ Daniel J. Duncan, Executive Director, Nebraska Innovation Campus

"AURP provides valuable resources including research studies to assist with benchmarking, professionals from other parks willing to share their experiences and opinions, and continuing education events to keep participants on the leading edge of research park operations and development. One program in particular, Creating Communities of Innovation 101, offered just prior to AURP’s annual conference, provides many tips and tools to help executives create lasting impact in their communities."
~ George Ward, Executive Director, Coldstream Research Campus and UK Real Estate Services University of Kentucky

"Joining AURP is the best thing a park or park executive can do to gain access to the leading minds in the Research Park industry! From the fantastic regional and national conference opportunities to the willingness of its members to share best practices, membership will provide you and your park with the rich resources needed to succeed!" 
~ John Merrill, Executive Director, Gateway Research Park, A Partnership of NCA&T and UNCG