Unlocking the power of innovation
Give your business a kick start with expertise in innovation, business advice and development.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) will provide the links to the expertise you need to grow your business and gain a competitive edge.
Connecting you to innovation
KTP is a world-leading programme that helps businesses succeed by connecting them to the UK's rich academic resources. It's a partnership between the business seeking expertise, a university and a recently qualified graduate – known as a Knowledge Transfer Associate.
Transforming your business
To succeed, your project needs to be strategic and have the potential to transform your business. Your academic partner, the University, will provide the expertise and knowledge required to deliver the project. If your application is successful, an Associate will work to help bring your plans to life. The Associate will work on your site to embed the expertise of the academic team and bring their own skills to deliver a project which could mean anything from introducing new products to changing the company's direction.
Funding your project
Your project can last between 12 months and 3 years. If you're a small or medium-sized business, funding will cover two-thirds of the project cost, leaving an average of around £22,000 a year for your company to pay. If you're part of a larger company, funding will cover around half of the project cost, leaving an average of around £33,000 a year to pay. That's great value, especially as evidence show that businesses that invest in R&D grow twice as fast and have higher exports compared to non-innovators.
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