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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

Do you have an idea for a new product or service, or a need to change the way your business works to get ahead of your competitors and grow, but don’t have the expertise in-house? A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) can help you make the link with Brunel to access our knowledge and transfer it to your business.

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme enables UK businesses to work with academics to innovate and grow. The partnership consists of a business, an academic partner and a graduate, known as the Associate, recruited specifically for the role.

For businesses, participating in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership can help you become more competitive and productive by enabling you to carry out a strategic innovation project which you don’t currently have in-house expertise for. 


The Knowledge Transfer Partnership is part funded by a grant, so SMEs only contribute one third of the costs of the project (large companies contribute 50%). Project costs cover the associate’s salary and the academic supervision, plus travel, consumables and training budgets. 

Timescales and how to apply

Projects can last between 1 and 3 years, depending on the needs of your company. If you are interested in working with Brunel on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership then contact us as early as possible to discuss your idea, and we can develop it together. Application deadlines will depend on the topic covered in your project, but for most projects there are four possible application deadlines per year.

If you would like to speak to someone about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) please email Rachel Burch at Rachel.Burch@brunel.ac.uk.