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 2024-25

Related Opportunities

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2024 to 2025 Round 1

Opens: 13/02/2024 Closes: 10/04/2024

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.

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Innovate UK innovation loans future economy: round 13

Opens: 11/01/2024 Closes: 06/03/2024

UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.

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Innovate UK Smart grants: January 2024

Opens: 18/01/2024 Closes: 24/04/2024

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m for game-changing R&D that can significantly impact the UK economy.

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Innovate UK KTP Awards 2022

16.00 - 18.00 | Hybrid

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KTP Capacity Competition Building events

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