Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

For over 45 years Knowledge Transfer Partnerships have been helping businesses innovate for growth by accessing the UK’s world-leading knowledge base.

Enterprise and education, working together

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are designed to build long-lasting and mutually beneficial collaborations between the working and learning worlds.

In every Knowledge Base (university, research organisation or catapult) around the UK, there’s a wealth of talent and innovative thinking. We apply these vital resources to businesses, via a KTP, by uniting people around the common goal of affecting positive change through innovation.

If you’re a business, forming a long-term partnership with a Knowledge Base offers direct access to research expertise and graduate talent, embedding knowledge and research for long term benefit. If you’re a university, research organisation or catapult, a KTP is a chance to apply research to a real-world challenge, contributing research impact, opening up commercial possibilities and tapping into additional funding. And if you’re a graduate, this programme could accelerate your career and put you at the beating heart of your chosen speciality.

KTPs – and the newer Management KTPs, focused on expanding management capability – are here to facilitate these relationships, matching the right businesses and institutions to work together and maximise the benefits for everyone. And those benefits are not just economic. KTP delivers positive environmental and societal impact too.

Our team has a wealth of experience in forming these critical partnerships. Talk to us now and start your journey to an inspiring and rewarding KTP collaboration.

Closing dates for KTP rounds in 2022-23

  • 2 February 2022
  • 6 April 2022
  • 15 June 2022
  • 14 September 2022
  • 16 November 2022
  • 25 January 2023

Current Knowledge Transfer Partnerships funding opportunities

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2022 to 2023, Round 3

Opens: 27/06/2022 Closes: 14/09/2022

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme allows a UK registered business or not for profit organisation to partner with a UK education institution, research and technology organisation (RTO) or Catapult to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project.

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Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition – Round Five

Opens: 20/07/2022 Closes: 14/09/2022

UK registered SMEs can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.

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Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2022

Opens: 28/07/2022 Closes: 26/10/2022

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

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Related Events and Recordings

Thu
23
Sep
2021

Innovate UK KTP Awards 2021

16.00 - 18.00 | Online

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Thu
8
Sep
2022

KTP Programme Support: Innovating the Manufacturing sector using AI

10.00 - 16.00 | Online

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Wed
12
Oct
2022

Innovate UK KTP Awards 2022

16.00 - 18.00 | Liverpool/online

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