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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a well-established programme which helps organisations improve their competitiveness, productivity, performance and profitability by tapping into the knowledge, skills and expertise in UK universities.

Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, a university and a graduate, with grants available to cover investment in innovation.

KTP enables Higher Education Institutions to apply their wealth of knowledge and expertise to important business problems, facilitate collaborations that lead to measurable research impact, and provide an employment opportunity for high-calibre graduates.

KTP is classed as research related income. Partnerships are funded through the business partner and government. The level of funding contributed by the business will depend on its size.

Investment in KTP varies but is typically around £90,000pa with grants available of up to 67 per cent for small companies or 50 per cent for larger organisations.

In 2019, Innovate UK introduced a new programme, Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (MKTP), which will operate in the same way as KTPs but with the focus specifically on management-based projects to increase business effectiveness and productivity.

MKTPs seek to support strategic management projects across core activities including:

  • Monitoring and target setting
  • Communication and motivation
  • Organisation, resource planning and strategic thinking
  • Problem-solving and decision making
  • Commercial awareness and risk management
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Options evaluations, horizon scanning and foresighting

Who could benefit from a MKTP?

  • Growth-oriented SMEs, eager to build and execute their ambitious management strategy by introducing better management practices.
  • Businesses seeking significant productivity gains, recognising that good management and leadership can help deliver this.
  • Organisations looking to up-skill their people and make step-change improvements in productivity by deploying industry-leading practices and innovation processes.

See the recording of a national mKTP Webinar from July 2020 (fundamentals of mKTPs from 12 minutes 30)
Download a copy of the MKTP-Business-Flyer-Nov_2020 (PDF , 2,322kb) 

Key benefits


  • development of new products, processes and innovative solutions to help your business grow
  • matched funding for innovation projects
  • significant cost savings for innovation projects
  • access to world leading university experts
  • access to high-calibre, highly-motivated graduates to innovate your business
  • increase your competitive advantage and increase profitability

KTP Business Guide (PDF , 310kb)


  • apply knowledge and expertise to important commercial challenges
  • develop industry-relevant teaching material
  • identify new research themes, and undergraduate and postgraduate projects
  • publish high-quality journal and conference papers
  • contribute to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) case studies
  • develop strategic relationships with regional and national organisations
  • income towards departmental contributions and contribution to student employability


KTP is collectively one of the UK’s largest graduate employers, with jobs available throughout the year.

For Associates, the partnership provides a fantastic platform to launch or advance their career. KTP presents the opportunity of managing a challenging project central to the strategic development and long term growth of the business as well as personal development opportunities.

KTP can help recent graduates and postgraduates to:

  • earn a competitive salary
  • fast track and enhance their career prospects by leading and delivering a strategic project - over 70 per cent of Associates are offered employment by their host business on completion of their KTP project
  • access top-class training and development in business management and leadership skills - with dedicated time and budget available to support the training

Find out more about KTP opportunities for graduates 

Some of our partners

 Logo of an Historic KTP Partner ADVA


Logo of a KTP Partner - Croda


Logo of an Historic KTP Partner - Gaist


Logo of a KTP Partner IBM


Logo of an Historic KTP Partner - Mood


Logo of an Historic KTP Partner - Omnicom Balfour Beatty

                 Logo of a KTP Partner - Rolls Royce


Logo of an Historic KTP Partner - RPPtv


Logo of an Historic KTP Partner - Sylatech


Logo of a KTP Partner - Tozer Seeds


Logo of an Historic KTP Partner - Wild Rover


Case studies

At York, businesses have collaborated on KTP projects with the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Electronic Engineering, Music, Theatre Film and Television and Biology. The University's world-class research has enabled our business partners to achieve their strategic objectives and beyond.

Knowledge Exchange Awards - Winners Badge 2019

Logo of Innovate UK the main funder for KTP

Contact details

Dr Rukmal Abeysekera
Knowledge Transfer Manager
Research & Enterprise
Ron Cooke Hub

Tel: +44 (0) 1904 321124


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