Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

For over 45 years Knowledge Transfer Partnerships have been helping businesses innovate for growth by accessing the UK’s world-leading knowledge base.

Enterprise and education, working together

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are designed to build long-lasting and mutually beneficial collaborations between the working and learning worlds.

In every Knowledge Base (university, research organisation or catapult) around the UK, there’s a wealth of talent and innovative thinking. We apply these vital resources to businesses, via a KTP, by uniting people around the common goal of affecting positive change through innovation.

If you’re a business, forming a long-term partnership with a Knowledge Base offers direct access to research expertise and graduate talent, embedding knowledge and research for long term benefit. If you’re a university, research organisation or catapult, a KTP is a chance to apply research to a real-world challenge, contributing research impact, opening up commercial possibilities and tapping into additional funding. And if you’re a graduate, this programme could accelerate your career and put you at the beating heart of your chosen speciality.

KTPs – and the newer Management KTPs, focused on expanding management capability – are here to facilitate these relationships, matching the right businesses and institutions to work together and maximise the benefits for everyone. And those benefits are not just economic. KTP delivers positive environmental and societal impact too.

Our team has a wealth of experience in forming these critical partnerships. Talk to us now and start your journey to an inspiring and rewarding KTP collaboration.

Closing dates for KTP rounds in 2023-24

  • Round 1 – 29th March 2023
  • Round 2 – 17th May 2023
  • Round 3 – 5th July 2023
  • Round 4 – 6th September 2023
  • Round 5 – 1st November 2023
  • Round 6 – 13th December 2023
  • Round 7 – 7th February 2024

Related Opportunities

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2023 to 2024 Round 1

Opens: 30/01/2023 Closes: 30/03/2023

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) link forward thinking businesses with the UK’s world class knowledge bases to deliver innovation projects led by inspired graduates.

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Innovate UK Smart grants: January 2023

Opens: 19/01/2023 Closes: 14/06/2023

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy. The dates for this round of Smart have been extended to maximise funding opportunities for applicants.

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UK-South Korea Collaborative R&D Round 2

Opens: 13/03/2023 Closes: 07/06/2023

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for this competition. This funding is for the purpose of developing innovative proposals with South Korea.

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Related Events and Recordings


AAKTP Briefing webinar

14.00 - 15.30 | Online

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Innovate UK KTP Awards 2022

16.00 - 18.00 | Hybrid

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Innovate Local West Yorkshire

09.00 - 17.30 | Hybrid

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