AURP's Awards of Excellence Are Open!

Now is the time to nominate yourself, your colleagues, or your research park tenants for AURP's Awards of Excellence in research and science park development and practice. Choose from five categories that including Outstanding Research Park Awards, Emerging Research Park Awards, and more! The deadline for award submissions is Friday, July 13th, and awards will be presented at our 2018 International Conference in College Park, Maryland from October 22-26. 

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Regional Innovation Program Awarded $21 Million

On Friday, March 23rd, President Trump signed into law a $1.3 billion federal funding bill, which will fund the government through the end of September 2018 (when Fiscal Year 2018 ends).  The Association of University Research Parks is very pleased to announce that in this bi-partisan funding bill was a major increase in the Commerce Department’s Regional Innovation (RI) Program.  The RI Program will be funded at $21 million in 2018, a $4 million dollar increase over 2017 level. This is the largest increase in 2 years for the RI Program, and the highest funding appropriation in the program’s history.

Commerce’s RI Program—administered by the Economic Development Administration (EDA)—is an initiative that supports innovation-driving activities through state, regional and local entities to utilize existing resources, collaboration and continued support of economic recovery. These efforts are focused in high-growth industries by supporting local organizations to drive the transition of research out of labs and into the commercial marketplace.  Applicants for the 1:1 matchedRI Programawards have included nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and entrepreneurship-focused organizations. 

This increase in the RI Program is due in large part by federal advocacy efforts of AURP membership.  On February 27th, several of our AURP members joined the Innovation Advocacy Council (IAC), of which AURP is a member, for a day of meetings with legislators on Capitol Hill.  They lobbied dozens of members of Congress in support of a funding increase for the RI Program.  This effort was also bolstered by many AURP members writing their respective members of Congress requesting they champion the RI Program. 

The FY19 appropriations process is now currently underway.  AURP membership looks forward to taking action in support the RI Program in 2019, including participating in the IAC’s ongoing congressional engagement for another appropriations increase in 2019.   


AURP Representatives Demonstrated Support for the Regional Innovation Program and the Startup Act

Tucson, AZ, March 12, 2018 - Association of University Research Parks (AURP) members and staff, in conjunction with State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI), met with U.S. Congressional members and delegates to demonstrate the association's support of, and to request additional funding for, the U.S. Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Regional Innovation Program and an upcoming bill known as the Startup Act (S. 1877).

The EDA's Regional Innovation Program is an initiative that supports innovation-driving activities through state, regional, and local entities to utilize existing resources, collaboration and continued support of economic recovery. These efforts are focused in high-growth industries by supporting local organizations to drive the transition of research out of labs and into the commercial marketplace through the vast experience and knowledge of entrepreneurs and a startup culture with proven success. Read more here.



Meet Up with Mason

Meet Up with Mason: Guest Ellen Hemmerly

bwtech@UMBC's Executive Director Ellen Hemmerly joins AURP President Mason Ailstock in AURP's first ever video cast about cybersecurity in university research parks. 


P2P Groups


AURP Peer2Peer Networking groups help professionals in the university-based incubator and tech park industry share challenges and lessons learned in a friendly, informal environment. Peer2Peer groups meet monthly and provide an opportunity for individuals in similar roles and functions to exchange recommendations, best-practices and ideas to utilize AURP's best resources: it's own members. Championed by both the Board and Advisory Council members for its flexibility, each Peer2Peer group is able to determine the format that best suits the members of the group, including possible guest speakers, special topics and roundtables.

Please note that you must be an AURP member in good standing to participate. 

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Spring Training 2018 Recap

Spring Training Recap

Thank you so much to attendees, sponsors, ad speakers for a fantastic Spring Training in Tempe! The conference kicked off with our Board of Directors’ Sponsor Appreciate Dinner where attendees mixed and mingled and showed off their competitive side with a few rounds of ping pong and corn hole - all while networking! Our master classes led by experts in the industry sparked great conversation and interactions amongst employees, and everyone took advantage of the warm weather to enjoy a hike up A-Mountain, and take in a Spring Training game. A fantastic time was had by all and we are looking forward to more masterclasses in 2019!


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