Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 4

UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £8million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits.

Funding Details

When

Registration Opens

04/10/2021

Registration Closes

01/12/2021

Award

Innovate UK will consider partially funding project costs of any amount if they 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. Innovate UK and its supporters usually fund projects at 67% of eligible project costs for SMEs, and 50% of eligible project costs for large businesses.

Organisation

BEIS
DEFRA
Innovate UK
UKRI
Welsh Government

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The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme allows a UK registered business or not-for-profit organisation to partner with a UK higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, RTO or Catapult, to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project. The knowledge base partner will recruit 1 or 2 graduates (known as ‘associates’) to work on the project.

Projects costs are usually up to £75,000 per year for 12-36 month projects. Typically Innovate UK and its supporters fund projects at 67% of eligible project costs for SMEs and 50% of eligible project costs for large businesses.

Each application must be led by a knowledge base, working with a business partner. If you are from a knowledge base that has not yet developed a project, get started by reading the KTP guidance. If you are from a business, contact the Knowledge Transfer Network. (Businesses must be UK registered and have more than 2 employees.)

Visit the KTP website to find out more about the programme and the current roles available for graduates.

This award is provided on a no subsidy basis. This means you must publish or make all project outputs openly available on a non-selective basis. If you decide to commercially exploit project outputs, you can only do so with no selective advantage.

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
  • invite one UK registered business of any size or not-for-profit organisation into the Innovation Funding Service
  • invite one knowledge transfer adviser
  • not act in any way to gain selective commercial or economic advantage from the outputs of the project
  • recruit associate roles in a demonstrably open and fair manner
  • allow associates to carry out the majority of the project at the business partner’s premises
  • provide academic support for the associate

Business partners cannot work alone. They must develop the project with a knowledge base of their choice. We encourage business partners to approach knowledge bases directly.

To collaborate with the knowledge base, 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

Your project

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

If you would like to discuss a potential project, click here to find and contact your local Knowledge Transfer Adviser.

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