The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme allows a UK registered business or not-for-profit organisation (which we will refer to collectively as the ‘business partner’ from now on) to partner with a knowledge base partner’ (either a UK higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, research and technology organisation (RTO) or Catapult).
The KTP partnership brings new skills and the latest academic thinking into the business partner to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project. The knowledge base partner recruits the ‘associate’ to work on the project. The associate has the opportunity to lead a strategic development within the business developing new skills and gaining valuable experience.
Each application must be led by a knowledge base, working with a business partner and supported by a knowledge transfer adviser.
If you are a business and do not yet have a relationship with a knowledge base partner, the knowledge transfer adviser can help you to identify one.
Each KTP is a partnership between the following:
We use the term ‘business partner’ for both businesses and not-for-profit organisations.
The definition KTP uses for ‘not-for-profit organisation’ includes social enterprises and charities.
KTP does not support projects where the business partner is in the public sector.
Knowledge base partner
The knowledge base partner cannot work alone.
The knowledge base partner must lead the project and must:
As part of their involvement in the project the knowledge base partner must provide a case study to Innovate UK using the template provided, upon completion of the project.
Academic knowledge base partners must also seek to publish a minimum of 2 academic papers for publication per completed project.
Catapults must create at least 2 industry focused publications per project.
Your business partner must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the knowledge base partner to collaborate on a project. When the business partner accepts their invitation, they will need to:
Business partners cannot work alone. They must develop the project with a UK knowledge base who can provide the right skills to meet the knowledge gap within the business. We encourage business partners to approach Innovate UK KTN or knowledge bases to discuss the suitability of KTP for their specific circumstances.
To collaborate with the knowledge base, the business partner must:
Subcontractors are not allowed in this competition.
Your application must be for a specific, strategic innovation project that tackles one or more challenges faced by the business partner.
It can be any kind of project and must show:
Projects that will not be funded: