Let’s Make Scientific Breakthroughs Possible, Together.


For over seventy years AUI has been turning dreams into reality, speculation into Nobel Prizes, ideas into giant scientific facilities, and impressions into new disciplines of science. We enable amazing outcomes when partners seek our expertise to facilitate tomorrow’s innovations. We invite you to contact us and then together, we can coalesce your thoughts into impactful scientific objectives.

Our Focus Areas

Astronomy and Space

AUI has built, managed, and operated state-of-the-art radio astronomy facilities for the National Science Foundation (NSF).


We are pioneering new research capabilities to advance our defenses for our national critical infrastructure needs.

Energy Programs

We are collaborating to improve the environment by cleaning the upstream supply chain of critical materials needed to empower green technologies.

Education and Public Engagement

AUI enhances education through supporting eLearning programs, developing and stewarding collaborative STEM programs and by managing world class scientific facilities.

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Collaboration Opportunities

We forge strong and meaningful partnerships through various contract models. We offer operations and management excellence, e-learning curriculum development and evaluations, cybersecurity expertise, and methods to convene science and policy workshops.

Sponsor Research

You’ve got problems! See how we can help! For over 70 years our sponsors have relied on our support to investigate and develop new branches of science. AUI provides the benefits of fundamental and applied research.

Industry Partnerships

We are actively seeking industrial partnerships through AUI’s Center for Greening the Supply Chain (CGSC). We aim to identify research gaps and technology development needs, integrate workforce development activities, and promote the rapid transition and deployment of technologies to green the supply chain.



Our stellar ambitions necessitate highly specialized sensors, detectors, amplifiers, optics, and electromagnetic components. These technologies are useful beyond astronomical applications, and available for industrial and commercial electronics.

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Partnering organizations enjoy a wide selection of opportunities with AUI. Whether you are seeking a competitive advantage in the global marketplace or are a federal agency tackling large-scale challenges – we have the flexibility, creativity and experience to achieve your goals.


Start a Venture

We transform great ideas into amazing technologies, facilities, and discoveries. Through AUI Labs, we are incubating the solutions to tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Explore how to materialize your vision.


AUI has enabled improvements in communications antennas, transistors, cryogenic coolers, medical and scientific imaging, time and frequency standards, atomic clocks, GPS navigation, 911 emergency call location, and precision spacecraft navigation. Explore what AUI can make with you.

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