In health, manufacturing, sustainable development, green energy, and much more, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are transforming UK businesses

Posted on: 23/11/2020

Discover more about the many and varied positive impacts of business/ academic collaboration celebrated in the KTP Best of the Best Awards 2020.

From infection control to sustainable drainage; electric drivetrains to materials science; AI for fraud detection to state of the art standpipes – right across the UK and in every sector of the economy, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are delivering positive change.

 A unique mechanism enabling business/academic collaboration, KTP has a 45 year legacy of success, and more than 800 businesses are engaged in a KTP right now. No wonder: matching innovation focused businesses with top academic teams, KTP exemplifies the exceptional power of partnership to unlock potential, enrich thinking, and deliver transformation.

We celebrate the most positive outcomes of these partnerships in the annual KTP Best of the Best Awards. This year’s winners and finalists reflect the depth and breadth of impacts KTP can have; as well as the diversity of projects that can benefit from this special collaborative framework. Find out more about the Winners and Finalists here

Those honoured in the Awards include large companies like GAMA Healthcare whose products are in every NHS hospital; iconic cracker brand Rakusen’s; SBS Insurance (who handle claims for Allianz, Direct Line and Legal & General); specialist engineering companies like Aquacheck Engineering; and military vehicle manufacturer SC Group Global whose KTP is helping drive the electric revolution. 

Winners also include talented graduates who lead KTP projects as KTP Associates, for example in antibody research at Fusion Antibodies; developing green energy at Mersen UK; making breakthroughs in materials science at consumer brand Sugru. You can see the current vacancies for KTP Associates here. 

“There is so much to celebrate about KTPs and how they impact on individual lives, businesses and our society. 

The KTP Best of the Best Awards 2020 reflect just how deep, wide and beneficial these impacts can be, across all UK sectors and geographies and for people and our environment. KTP is a shining example of how collaboration can deliver significant positive change – something which we at KTN are deeply committed to, and which we are proud to highlight via these Awards” – Alicia Greated, CEO of KTN. 

Find out more about the winners and finalists as we launch the KTP Best of the Best Awards 2020 brochure which you can view/download here. 

And if it inspires you to find out more about how KTP can transform your business, visit the dedicated KTP website here

Funding competitions for KTP and the newer Management KTP – which links businesses with Business Schools to power process, management or cultural change – are open throughout the year. The next competition closes on 27 January 2021.


KTPs are funded by UKRI through Innovate UK with supporters including the Scottish Funding Council, Welsh Government, Invest Northern Ireland, Defra and BEIS. Innovate UK manages the KTP programme and facilitates its delivery through a range of partners.

Management KTP is funded by the UK government department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through Innovate UK.

KTN is a delivery partner for both programmes. 

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