Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) supports UK businesses wanting to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance by accessing the knowledge and expertise available within UK Universities and Colleges.

You could get funding of around £80,000 from Innovate UK to improve your business by working with a research organisation and newly-qualified graduate.

This funding covers part of the cost of a graduate working in your company on a specific innovation project. Your research partner will supervise the graduate's work.

Grant levels vary. If you are a small or medium-sized business you can get funding of up to 67% of the project costs. Larger businesses can get up to 50%. You will need to fund the remaining costs yourself.


You can apply for a KTP award if you are a:

  • UK business of any size
  • large company with a focus on supply chains
  • charity or not-for-profit organisation
  • higher or further education organisation
  • private or public sector research and technology organisation

How to apply

If you would like to form a KTP you should contact a regional KTP advisor or university KTP office to discuss your project idea. KTP advisers will tell you if you are eligible and will work with potential partners to develop joint proposals. KTP is open to any business although some KTP competitions target businesses working in specific industry sectors.

Opening dates and deadlines vary. You must apply online.

If you are a graduate, recruitment takes place throughout the year. You can find current vacancies and apply online.

Talk to a KTP adviser

2016/17close dates for submission are: 2 November 2016, 18January 2017,8March 2017.   


Accelerating Business Innovation

For more information:

Competition helpline: 0300 321 4357 /

For all general enquiries about the work of the Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board), please telephone: 01793 442700 or

Address: Innovate UK, The Technology Strategy Board, North Star House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1UE