Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2023 to 2024 Round 2
Up to £300k
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme allows a UK registered business or not-for-profit organisation, (which will be referred to collectively as the ‘business partner’ from now on) to partner with a ‘knowledge base partner’ (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 strategic development within the business developing new skills and gaining valuable experience.
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 do not yet have a relationship with a knowledge base partner, the knowledge transfer adviser can help you to identify one.
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:
Innovate UK will not fund:
Each KTP is a partnership between the following:
a UK knowledge base, acting as the lead organisation and submitting the application
a UK registered business, not-for-profit organisation or eligible public sector organisation
To go into detail about what is considered a not-for-profit organisation or charitable business, and public sector organisations, please get in touch.
Knowledge base partner
The knowledge base partner cannot work alone.
The knowledge base partner must lead the project and must:
As part of their involvement in the project, the knowledge base partner must provide a case study to Innovate UK using the template provided, upon completion of the project.
Academic knowledge base partners must also seek to publish a minimum of 2 academic papers for publication per completed project.
Catapults must create at least 2 industry-focused publications per project.
Business partners cannot work alone. They must develop the project with a UK knowledge base that can provide the right skills to meet the knowledge gap within the business. Innovate UK encourage business partners to approach Innovate UK KTN or knowledge bases to discuss the suitability of KTP for their specific circumstances.
To collaborate with a knowledge base, the business partner must:
The business partner must provide financial accounts from the current financial year and the previous two years. Other supporting documentation may be required. For businesses less than 3 years old, the knowledge base or Knowledge Transfer Adviser will give further guidance.
The size, location and type of your business determine the proportion of eligible costs Innovate UK will fund. If the business is part of a group, it is the overall size of the group should be declared.
Typically, a project’s total costs are £8,500 per month. Projects must be between 12 and 36 months. A proportion of the knowledge base partners’ costs will be funded by Innovate UK. The remainder of the project costs are paid by the business partner.