The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a 'green paper' on its "Return on Investment' strategy to improve the effectiveness of federally funded research in the United States. NIST Director Walter Copan spoke about this initiative at the AURP International Conference 2018 at the University of Maryland Discovery District in October. Additionally, earlier the AURP Government Relations Committee submitted comments emphasizing the critical role of university research parks in technology commercialization. The AURP comments echoed many of the recommendations contained in AURP's  Power of Place  and  Power of Place 2.0: Power of Innovation  available at

View and comment on this NIST 'green paper' report with appendixes.  

NIST cited the role of university research parks in its paper and included a number of AURP's suggestions, including the need for flexibility in research grants, reformed procedures for research performed in facilities financed with tax-exempt bonds, better policies to handle conflict of interest issues, and the need for more Congressionally chartered foundations to give federal labs more authority to emulate university-based technology transfer approaches. It is expected that regulatory and statutory reforms will be implemented in the near future to achieve the goals outlined in the green paper.
Comments on the green paper are open until January 9, 2019. 

AURP members are free to submit comments directly to NIST. AURP members can also send your comments to AURP . The Government Relations Committee will include your comments in an update to NIST to be submitted before the January 9, 2019 deadline.

We are pleased that NIST recognized the critical role that communities of innovation play in advancing the country's entrepreneurial ecosystem and will keep the AURP community apprised of further developments.
Spring Training 2019
Tempe, Arizona
February 25 - March 1
Calling all research park professionals, innovation district leaders and incubator executives!

AURP Spring Training is always a first-class executive level program -- AURP's can't-miss event. Make your plans NOW for this is an opportunity to sit down with industry experts and innovation leaders to identify solutions to help your community thrive!

Come prepared to participate in meaningful discussions with top subject-matter pioneers. AURP Spring Training is strictly workshop format and will be an extraordinary learning opportunity. To maintain a highly-interactive format, space is limited for this event. Make your plans early to reserve your spot. 

Spring Training in Tempe, Arizona, will help you identify and unlock the key economic drivers for your market and target the opportunities that best fit your park, innovation district, incubator and community. Learn more here .
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has announced that 40 organizations — including nonprofits, institutions of higher education and entrepreneurship-focused organizations —will receive $21 million to create and expand cluster-focused entrepreneurship, technology transfer and early-stage seed fund programs under the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) 2018  Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program competition .

 “The Trump Administration is committed to unleashing American innovation in all corners of our nation,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “These projects will stir the spirit of entrepreneurship that undergirds American growth and has ensured the strength and dynamism of the American economy.”
Secretary Ross also announced that the 2019 RIS competition will open on February 1st, 2019, when the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is scheduled to be published on . Prospective applicants can find more information, including information on eligibility and how to apply at  EDA RIS .
A full list of 2018 i6 grantees can be found at the EDA RIS  2018 i6 Challenge and 2018 Seed Fund Support Program grantees are highlighted on the  2018 Seed Fund program .
AURP Members in the News
Laura Frerichs, Director of University of Illinois Research Park and Economic Development at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Laura was named by Governor-elect JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton as co-chair of the transition team's Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Committee. Read more.
Ken Marcus - Director of UA Tech Parks and CFO of Campus Research Corporation
Ken was the recipient of the 2018 Executive Excellence Award from Tucson Local Media and Inside Tucson Business as CFO of a Nonprofit Company. Read more.
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