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July 26, 2021 | Tom Ballard

AURP CEO offers thoughts on preparing for “unprecedented set of new applied research programs, innovation clusters and technology hubs”

The Chief Executive Officer of AURP, better known as the Association of University Research Parks, has written an extensive blogpost about a variety of new initiatives including the “Endless Frontier Act” that has been folded into the “U.S. Innovation and Competition Act” by the U.S. Senate.

Brian Darmody also observed that the budget submitted to Congress by the Biden Administration would increase funding to the National Institutes of Health by $9 billion. Similar increases for initiatives in advanced manufacturing and technology hubs are included in both new Congressional authorizations and Biden budget plans.

We found this paragraph particularly important: “It is clear an unprecedented set of new applied research programs, innovation clusters and technology hubs are in the offing for universities, hospitals, communities, and regions to take advantage of. Also important is the fact that there is a push, particularly in the Senate, to see that these funds and hubs are spread out across the country, and not concentrated in places like Boston and Silicon Valley. What should universities, regions or states be doing now to anticipate these opportunities?  Here are some strategies.”

Click here if you are interested in his thoughts on the topic of preparedness.


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