Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a government-led programme designed to help companies improve their
competitiveness through research project partnerships with universities. KTPs are part-funded by the government
to ensure that project costs remain low for the business, and specialist expertise is provided by the university
to ensure high quality project outputs. By working on a KTP project your employee benefits from professional
development opportunities that can include working towards an MPhil or PhD qualification.
The employee, known as the ‘associate’ while working on
the KTP project, is jointly supervised by a member of the
company’s team and by an academic supervisor from the
Traditionally, projects have varied between 12-36 months in
duration, but with the introduction of the short term KTPs,
projects can now last 10-40 weeks to meet immediate and
tactical company demands.
Benefits for all involved
Businesses will acquire new knowledge and specialist
expertise that is part-funded by the Government.
KTP Associates (recently qualified graduates) will gain
business-based experience as well as personal and
professional development opportunities that can include
working towards an MPhil or PhD qualification.
Universities, colleges or research organisations will bring
their experience to enhance the business relevance of their
research and teaching.
What this means for you
- Reduced risk of investing in R&D projects
- Access to government funding and academic expertise
- Development of innovative solutions to help your
- Increase in annual profit before tax
- Creation of new jobs
- Additional training for existing company staff