Stay Connected

We invite you to stay connected to Auburn University Research and to leading research efforts across campus through annual support. Your contribution to the annual fund helps to ensure that the future remains bright for research efforts at Auburn University.

By contributing each year, you help provide a consistent stream of support for cutting-edge research efforts.  Gifts given to support areas of greatest need are particularly important because they provide the flexibility to capitalize on opportunities and address short-term funding challenges. 

Those donors who choose to make significant gifts through the annual fund are recognized through the Auburn University Research Alliance (AURA).

The Auburn University Research Alliance (AURA)

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking a group of people who share have a commitment to advance Auburn University research efforts as members of the AU Research Alliance (AURA).  The AU Research Alliance will establish the foundation for unrestricted giving that will be used to promote and strategically market Auburn University Research.  The AU Research Alliance consists of loyal alumni and friends who support Auburn University Research with annual financial gifts of $5,000 or more.  These gifts provide vital, flexible resources necessary to showcase faculty and student research and innovation. With levels of giving – Partner, Executive Partner, Premium Partner, Platinum Partner and Founding Partner – the Alliance recognizes those whose gifts extend the reach of Auburn University Research beyond the campus classroom and laboratory.

Alliance members provide funding that can be designated for a particular research initiative or remain unrestricted to be used at the discretion of the Vice President for Research.  Contributions will be used to provide:

  • Additional financial support for graduate students between contracts
  • Cutting edge laboratory and research equipment
  • Operational funds for interdisciplinary scholarly efforts of distinguished researchers
  • Support for the operation of the Research Advisory Board


Levels of Giving:

Partner                        $5,000 or more (payable over 5 years)
Executive Partner        $10,000 or more (payable over 5 years)

Premium Partner         $25,000 or more (payable over 5 years)

Platinum Partner         $50,000 or more (payable over 5 years)

Founding Partner        $100,000 or more (unrestricted, payable over 5 years)

Join Today:

We invite you to join the AU Research Alliance (AURA) through a designated or unrestricted pledge of $5,000-$50,000, or an unrestricted pledge of $100,000 payable over a five-year period.  An unrestricted research donor annual gift of any amount will certainly be welcome and appreciated.  Your gift will enable Auburn University Research to expand its national reputation as we strive to implement our strategic interdisciplinary initiatives.  For more information contact Larry Fillmer at (334) 844-6140; or Mary Shirley at (334) 844-6438;


Mary Shirley '00
Director of Development
2150 Mike Hubbard Boulevard
Auburn, AL 36832
(334) 844-6438

Last Updated: 1/13/2014