The Association of American Universities (AAU), a nonprofit organization of 65 leading public and private universities in the U.S. and Canada.
Founded in 1900 to advance the international standing of U.S. research universities, AAU today focuses on issues that are important to research-intensive universities, such as funding for research, research policy issues, and graduate and undergraduate education.
AAU member universities are on the leading edge of innovation, scholarship, and solutions that contribute to the nation's economy, security, and well-being.
AAU programs and projects address institutional issues facing its member universities, as well as government actions that affect these and other universities.
Membership in the association is by invitation.