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.

KTP Awards

Every year we celebrate the best projects at the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Awards. This year’s competition is now open, and you can apply for one of the KTP Awards until 31 May 2024. Find out more and apply.

Closing dates for KTP rounds in 2024-25

Related Opportunities

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2024 to 2025 Round 3

Opens: 01/07/2024   Closes: 25/09/2024

Up to £9m to fund innovation projects, with businesses or not-for-profits working alongside academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults.

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Accelerated Knowledge Transfer 3 (AKT3) 2024: Circular Fashion

Opens: 01/07/2024   Closes: 31/07/2024

UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £1m for innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits.

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Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence scheme 2024

Opens: 19/06/2024   Closes: 18/09/2024

This scheme aims to increase the knowledge and awareness in UK universities of cutting edge industrial science, research and innovation.

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