Universities Research Association, Inc.

About Universities Research Association, Inc.

The Universities Research Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) consortium over 90 leading research universities in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Founded in 1965, URA was created at the behest of the National Academy of Sciences to "provide a national basis" for the management and operation of the proposed 200 GeV proton accelerator, later known as Fermilab. Today, URA participates in laboratory management and operation at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory through the Fermi Research Alliance (FRA) and Sandia National Laboratories in partnership with the National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS). In addition, URA also receives funding from the National Science Foundation as part of the U.S. share for continuing operations at Pierre August Observatory.

URA serves as a bridge between universities and laboratories, providing a talent pipeline for research institutions. Our organization provides scholarship opportunities to students of our member universities to conduct research at our associated laboratories.


Multimedia Intern

May 2022 Washington, DC
“The Universities Research Association has been a wonderful place to work because of the staff's efficient teamwork and passion behind their mission. Prior to URA, I had never had experience with high energy physics research or with science funding through government/private contracts. However, URA staff has taught me the ins and outs of this sector. I appreciate that URA has also while given me the creative freedom in how to communicate their mission and affiliated research projects. I have enjoyed the opportunity to do project management for a potential new website and directing their communications plan. In addition, it has been a great experience interacting with their member universities and students while writing feature stories.”
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