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.

NSF and SpaceX Finalize Radio Spectrum Coordination Agreement

This news article was originally published on on January 10, 2023.Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF, Jeff HellermanThe National Science Foundation (NSF) and SpaceX have finalized a radio spectrum coordination agreement to limit interference from the company’s Starlink...

ALMA and JWST Reveal Galactic Shock is Shaping Stephan’s Quintet in Mysterious Ways

This news article was originally published on on January 9, 2023.Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/JWST/ P. Appleton (Caltech), B.Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF)Shockwaves resulting from the violent collision between an intruder galaxy and Stephan’s Quintet are helping...

ALMA Scientists Find Pair of Black Holes Dining Together in Nearby Galaxy Merger

This news article was originally published on on January 9, 2023.Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), M. Weiss (NRAO/AUI/NSF)While studying a nearby pair of merging galaxies using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)— an international observatory...

Hydrogen Masers Reveal New Secrets of a Massive Star to ALMA Scientists

This news article was originally published on on January 9, 2023.Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), M. Weiss (NRAO/AUI/NSF)Scientists used the unique hydrogen radio recombination lines on MWC 349A to reveal hidden collimated jets While using the Atacama Large...

Northwest Indian College Hosts Inaugural Cosmovisions of the Pacific Meeting

Bellingham, Washington – Over 14,000 years ago, Indigenous groups in the Pacific traveled by boat, guided by starlight, and likely settled the West Coast of the Americas. Today, Indigenous and non-indigenous people gathered at Northwest Indian College (NWIC) to...

AUI Board of Trustees Elects Christine Wilson as Board Chair and William Harris as Vice Chair

AUI Board of Trustees Elects Christine Wilson as Board Chair and William Harris as Vice Chair Washington, D.C.— The AUI Board of Trustees met at AUI’s Dunn Loring office in Vienna, VA September 22 and 23. Following President Adam Cohen’s overview of AUI, and reports...

Heising—Simons Foundation Partners with AUI and the IAU to Boost Gender Equity Programs for Young Astronomers

The Heising–Simons Foundation (HSF) has awarded $126,500 to Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to support two programs: the Women and Girls in Astronomy project and the IAU Junior Member Travel Grant Fund. Women and...

New NSF Funded Project Will Study How Podcasts Can Support Inclusive STEM Learning

[Washington, D.C.] Tumble Media, in partnership with Associated Universities Inc (AUI), Oregon State University (OSU) and Independence Science, has been awarded a $1 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division Of Research On Learning. The team will...

AUI and NRAO Announce 2022 NAC Bridge Scholarship Recipients

This news article was originally published on on July 5, 2022.AUI and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) have announced the recipients of the 2022 AUI Board of Trustees NAC Bridge Scholarship Award. Now in its second year, the scholarship...

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