Knowledge Transfer Partnership

KTP provides a structured mechanism to gain funding for research and development projects between the University and external organisations. KTP is managed by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), and sponsored by them with a range of other funders including research councils.  KTP has been evolving for over 30 years to support collaborative projects between academe and commercial/non profit making organisations with benefits for all partners. The purpose of the project is to transfer knowledge and expertise from the academic partner to the organisation to enable a step change in technology and expertise to impact on new products, manufacturing, operations, or under-pinning systems that generate increased profits or enhanced business performance.

Project duration can be between 6 months and 3 years, and are at Master’s or Post Doc levels, they are usually based at the company partner. Company partners can be large organisations, small or medium sized enterprises, NHS trusts, trade associations, or third sector, in any area of technology. Academic supervision commitment is half a day per week or equivalent usually delivered at the company partner.

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