$25 million of funding approved for Regional Innovation Strategies Program for FY 2019
With the help of the AURP Government Relations Committee, the Senate CJS subcommittee approved $25 million in funding for the 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies Program . This is a $4 million increase from last year, and the second straight year of an increase!

AURP is excited about what this means for the research parks and innovation district members. Through this partnership with State Science & Technology Institute's (SSTI) Innovation Council (IAC) of which AURP is an active member, we have been able to create opportunity for funding that supports entrepreneurs and member research parks in the United States.

DEADLINE 2018 RIS Program submissions: Wed, August 29th, 11:59 pm EDT
AURP Needs Your Input
NIST is active with a Request For Information (RFI) looking for input on how to improve tech transfer in the United States. AURP is interested in collecting feedback on the current state of federal technology transfer and the public's ability to engage with federal laboratories and access federal funded R&D through collaborations, licensing, and other mechanisms. AURP's Government Relations Committee will be making a formal submission before the July 31st deadline and are looking to you to contribute to our collective voice.
1) What are other ways to significantly improve the transfer of technology, knowledge and capabilities resulting from federal R&D to benefit U.S. innovation and the economy?
2) What changes would these proposed improvements require to federal technology transfer practices, policies, regulations, and legislation?
Please submit your answer by email to any of the following members of the AURP Government Relations Committee. Thank you in advance for your input!
Spotlight on #AURPIC2018
Wednesday, October 24th
AURP is THE epicenter of research park/innovation district development and best practices. Jumpstart your knowledge exchange and networking at the AURP 2018 International Conference Pre-Conference Intensive Sessions.

Additional registration and fees apply for these comprehensive sessions. Space is limited.
Creating Communities of Innovation 101 is the go-to session for those new to research parks/innovation districts or who are looking for the latest trends. Facilitated by Harold Strong, Past President of AURP; Principal of Medical, Innovation Collaborative (MIC); and additionally led by our veteran research park executives from around the country, this session will take you through all aspects of research parks and innovation districts. From working with your university to marketing and positioning your park , this session will cover everything you need to know.
For advanced-level research park directors, join AURP Past President and LSU Innovation Park Executive Director, Charlie D'Agostino, as he and an All-Star line-up of research park executives discuss technology incubators . Technology incubators play an integral role in university research parks and innovation districts for both the universities and the student entrepreneurs. This pre-conference session will cover the importance of tech incubators, the latest trends, and useful tips and tricks to make your incubator the best it can be.

2018 Board of Directors Nominations

AURP is seeking nominations for the 2018 Board of Directors . AURP Institutional and Corporate Members, in good standing, may nominate theirselves or others for service to the Board.

Learn more about this position and the responsibilities of a Board Member and submit a nomination today.

Nominations are due by July 9th.
Call for AURP's Award of Excellence

Honor your park, tenant company, or colleague at our annual Awards of Excellence !

These prestigious awards recognize research parks/innovation districts, community leaders and their unique innovations. Awards recogition will be held at AURP IC2018 in October.

Deadline for submissions is July 13th.
Register now for the I2RP at Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC)

On August 22-23, AURP will explore the Nebraska Innovation Campus, our 2017 Emerging Park of the Year recipient , and the learn about the surrounding ecosystem through tour and speaker sessions aimed at informing attendees of the history and structure of this AURP award winning research park!
AURP Members - Be sure to sign up for any of the following Peer2Peer forums this month!
Charlie Dilks,  Past President, AURP, President, DilksConsulting, Inc.
Ellen Hemmerly,  Past President, AURP, Executive Director, bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park
Guest Speaker:  Tom Osha,  Senior Vice President, Innovation and Economic Development, Wexford Science and Technology

Scott Levitan,  President and CEO, Research Triangle Park
Bruce Wright,  Past President, AURP, Associate Vice President, Tech Parks Arizona
Erin Koshut,  Director, Cummings Research Park
Guest Speaker:  Bob Geolas,  Partner, HR&A Advisors, will discuss Value Proposition.
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Registration is open for our I2RP at the Nebraska Innovation Campus on August 22-23
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Spring Training 2019
February 25 - March 1
Tempe, Arizona