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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

By joining forces with the University through the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme, your business can gain funding to access our expertise, enabling you to take new ideas forward or find innovative solutions to business challenges.

Through a KTP, you could get funding for two-thirds of the project costs from Innovate UK to make a step-change in your business by working with a University academic team and a newly qualified graduate. A KTP will also enable you to access other skills, expertise and facilities within the University.

We have a wealth of experience when it comes to supporting KTPs, having worked with numerous partners from the commercial, public and third sectors to tackle a wide range of engineering, statistical, educational and environmental challenges. Find out more about our KTP partners.

What can a Knowledge Transfer Partnership offer your business?

CJR Propulsion - a KTP partner
CJR Propulsion worked with our engineering experts

Business performance outputs vary considerably, depending on the type of project. Latest information shows that, on average, the business benefits that can be expected from a single KTP project are:

By participating in a KTP you can:

KTPs often result in the development of profitable long-term relationships between the company and the University.

How do Knowledge Transfer Partnerships work?

Find out more on the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships website.

How is the partnership funded?

The scheme is a flagship programme of Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) and is co-funded by Innovate UK and other government agencies and departments. The business covers the remaining costs.

The average annual contribution to a project for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) would be from around £20,000. The majority of the funding is used to cover the graduate's salary costs.

Find out more about funding and costs on the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships website.

Is your organisation eligible?

A wide range of organisations can apply for a KTP, including UK businesses of any size, charities, higher or further education organisations and research and technology organisations. Find out more about eligibility on the Innovate UK website.

Find out more

Contact our KTP Programme Officer, Dr Phil Jewell, by email or by calling +44(0)23 8059 8568.

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