Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2024 to 2025 Round 1
UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £9 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not for profits.
Typically, a project’s total costs are £8,500 per month. Projects must be between 12 and 36 months. Innovate UK will fund up to 67% of costs for SMEs (75% for non-profits/charities), with the remainder funded by the business partner.
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme allows a UK registered business or not for profit organisation, (which we will refer to collectively as the ‘business partner’ from now on) to partner with a ‘knowledge base partner’, which is either a UK higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, research and technology organisation (RTO) or Catapult.
The KTP partnership brings new skills and the latest academic thinking into the business partner to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project. The knowledge base partner recruits the ‘associate’ to work on the project. The associate has the opportunity to lead a strategic development within the business, developing new skills and gaining valuable experience.
Guidance on how to apply for a KTP is available.
Each application must be led by a knowledge base, working with a business partner and supported by a knowledge transfer adviser.
If you are a business and want to apply, and do not yet have a relationship with a knowledge base partner, please contact your local KTN knowledge transfer adviser to discuss this further; they will be able to connect you with an appropriate partner and provide advice on how to apply.
It takes time to prepare an application. If yours will not be ready before the close date, please apply to a later round (round 2 opens 15 April 2024 and closes 26 June 2024).
Each Knowledge Transfer partnership (KTP) is a partnership between the following:
- a UK knowledge base, acting as lead organisation and submitting the application
- a UK registered business, not for profit organisation or eligible public sector organisation
We use the term ‘business partner’ for businesses, public sector organisations, not for profit organisations, charities or charitable businesses. Public sector organisations can only apply for a Management KTP. Click here for a complete definition of each term, and a list of exclusions.
The knowledge base partner must lead the project and must:
- be a UK registered higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, research technology organisation (RTO) or Catapult
- be registered as a knowledge base with the KTP programme
- invite one UK registered business, not for profit organisation or eligible public sector organisation into the Innovation Funding Service (IFS) application
- invite one knowledge transfer adviser to support the application
If you are a business and would like to apply for a KTP, please contact your local knowledge transfer adviser, who will help you to find and connect with a knowledge base. Business applicants must have two or more full time equivalent employees and be UK registered.
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 and must show:
- why the business needs this Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)
- what new knowledge is required by the business
- what new capabilities will be embedded as a result of the KTP
KTPs are typically advertised on a full-time basis. Associates may apply to work on a flexible basis for the duration of the project via the employer’s flexible working policy.
Projects must be between 12 and 36 months. Typically, a project’s total costs are £8,500 per month. Innovate UK will fund up to 67% of costs for SMEs (75% for non-profits/charities), with the remainder funded by the business partner.
Any funding 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.
Innovate UK has allocated up to £9 million in this round of the KTP programme, which will contribute towards the total costs of the individual projects. The number of public sector management KTPs is limited to a maximum of 10 applications per competition round.
The grant contribution to your project may be funded wholly or in part by one or more of the KTP financial supporters. You must choose at least one of the following financial supporters:
- UKRI KTP (Innovate UK)
- Invest Northern Ireland
- Scottish Funding Council
- Welsh Government
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
The delivery of the KTP programme is supported by the UKRI Research Councils. If their involvement could be beneficial to your project, this must be indicated in the application.
Successful applications are partially funded on the following basis:
- large companies and eligible public sector organisations may receive a grant contribution of up to 50% of eligible project costs, with the business paying the balance
- SME’s may receive a grant contribution up to 67% of eligible project costs, with the business paying the balance
- not for profit organisations charities or charitable business may receive a grant contribution of up to 75% of eligible project costs, with the charity or charitable business paying the balance
- as virtual businesses have no geographical location they may only receive a grant contribution of 50% or 67% depending upon the size of the business and must support additional costs as outlined in the KTP project costs guidance