• Status: Closed

  • Key features: Scheme to help businesses innovate and grow by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project.

  • Programme: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

  • Award:

  • Opens: 24 Nov 2015, 15:00

  • Registration closes: No deadline

  • Closes: 31 Mar 2017, 15:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Summary

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project.
 
Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The academic institution employs the recently-qualified graduate who works at the company. The graduate, known as the ‘associate', brings new skills and knowledge to the business.
 
A KTP can last between 12 and 36 months depending on the project and the needs of the business. It is part-funded by a grant. The amount businesses need to contribute is different for SMEs and larger companies.
 
2016 close dates for submission are:
  • 11 May 2016
  • 6 July 2016
  • 7 September 2016
  • 2 November 2016

Find out if you're eligible to apply for innovation funding

  • you can apply as a business if you are a company of any size or a not-for-profit organisation
  • you can apply as an academic partner if you are a university, college or research technology organisation
  • you can apply as an associate if you are a high-calibre recent graduate. You must have the knowledge and skills to lead an innovative and strategic business project

KTP for businesses

A KTP is part-funded by a grant. You will need to contribute to the cost of the supervisor and the salary of the associate. The amount you will need to contribute depends on the scale and length of the project. It will also depend on the size of your company.
 
If you already have a working relationship with a university, you should contact them. Otherwise, you should get in touch with your local KTP adviser.
 
They will check the feasibility of your idea and tell you if it is suitable. They can also help you find the right academic or researcher to work on your project.

KTP for academics

Contact the KTP office at your university to find out how to take part. They will work with you and the business to scope out the project. They will also help you with your application to Innovate UK.

KTP for graduates

You should contact the KTP office at your university to find out how to take part. You can also find adverts for the latest KTP vacancies online and in:
  • university departments
  • career offices
  • recruitment websites
  • local newspapers

See here for full information on Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme