Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a national scheme helping businesses access academic expertise and facilities with the support of government grant funding. KTPs are 3-way collaborations between a business, a university and an exceptional graduate (KTP Associate), to tackle a strategic project that develop new capabilities to meet the business’ growth goals.

The KTP Associate is employed by the University and based within the company to deliver on the project in-house, mentored and guided by an academic expert.

Costs and eligibility

KTPs are heavily subsidised by government grants via the principal sponsor, Innovate UK. Projects involving small and medium sized companies receive a grant to cover up to 67% of the basic project costs whilst projects involving large organisations receive up to 50% of the basic project costs.

To be eligible for funding support, an organisation needs to:

  • have been trading for 2 years or more.
  • demonstrate profitability.
  • employ 10 or more full-time staff.
  • have potential for growth.
  • have a project in need of expertise you don't have in-house.

The project must also satisfy the central criteria for all KTPs.

Find out more information on KTP.

The Knowledge Transfer Team

Our dedicated Knowledge Transfer Team offers free support throughout the KTP application process including Partnership building, grant application and proposal writing and recruiting the Associate. Get in touch to discuss your needs and our KT team will find the right expertise for you and help get your project started.