Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021-22, round 1

UK registered higher or further education institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £6 million to help fund innovation projects with businesses

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We will consider partially funding project costs of any amount if we judge the costs to be appropriate. Typically, projects cost no more than £75,000 per year. A proportion of this will be paid by the business partner.


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Each KTP is a partnership between the following:

  • a UK knowledge base, which will be the lead organisation and submit the application
  • a UK registered business or not-for-profit organisation

Your project can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on the project requirements.

KTP does not support projects with public sector organisations.

Each application must be created by a knowledge base, working with a business partner, with the help of a knowledge transfer adviser.

The knowledge base partner must lead the project and must be a UK registered higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, RTO or Catapult.

The business partner must:

  • be a UK registered business, of any size, or a not-for-profit organisation
  • have more than 2 employees
  • demonstrate its ability to financially support its contribution to the project
  • accept an invitation from a knowledge base to participate in a project and complete their parts of the application form
  • provide a summary of their financial accounts from the past 3 years
  • provide supervisory support for the associate
  • host the associate

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. It must show:

  • how it helps the business with a real need
  • how it fits the strategic aims of the business partner
  • there is a genuine market opportunity and route to market
  • how the knowledge gained will be embedded within the business partner
  • what makes this approach innovative

A knowledge transfer adviser must support your application. The knowledge base partner must invite a knowledge transfer adviser to join the project. Find and contact your local knowledge transfer adviser.

Your knowledge transfer adviser will:

  • help you plan the project
  • identify benefits
  • review proposals before submission
  • support and monitor the project
  • mentor and coach the associate
  • help you connect with the Knowledge Transfer Network

A short briefing event (20 min) was held on 1st February: view the recording here.


To find out more about KTPs, visit


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