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Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

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KTPs are funded by government and designed to encourage business and knowledge based collaborations.

They help businesses and organisations to improve their competitiveness and/or productivity through applying the knowledge, technology and skills that reside within academic institutions, whilst increasing the business relevance of knowledge base research and teaching.

How do KTPs work?

KTPs are led by the Technology Strategy Board and managed by Momenta. KTPs form a 3-way partnership between a company, an academic and a graduate (‘KTP associate’).

Each associate works in the company on a project designed to facilitate transfer of knowledge, skills and technology, which is core to the strategic development of the business.

Associates are jointly supervised by a senior member of the business and an academic from the partnering knowledge base organisation. Classic KTPs are between 1-3 years in length.

Benefits for companies

  • Access highly qualified graduates to lead new projects
  • Access university expertise providing specialist knowledge and access to the latest technology and ideas
  • Develop innovative solutions to help your business grow
  • Increase competitive advantage
  • Improve your performance/business operations
  • Increase profitability
  • Government funding reduces the cost and risk to businesses
  • University manages the administration

Benefits for academics

  • Apply knowledge and expertise to important organisational problems
  • Develop business relevant teaching materials
  • Identify new research themes and undergraduate / postgraduate projects
  • Gain an improved understanding of organisational requirements and operations
  • Publish high quality research papers
  • Contribute to the Research Excellence Framework(REF)
  • Assist strategic change
  • Build relationships with the business community, providing opportunities for ongoing collaboration
  • The KTP office manages the administration

Benefits for graduates

  • Opportunity to work on an industry-based project to develop and deliver change in an organisation
  • Ongoing support from academic experts
  • Earn a graduate salary whilst receiving practical and formal management training and development
  • Gain valuable experience and marketable, highly transferable skills.
  • Enjoy the potential of a permanent post with the company
  • Automatic registration to NVQ level 4 in Management and the opportunity to register for a higher degree

What funding is available?

Each KTP is part funded by the government with the balance of the costs coming from the company partner. The funding covers the associate’s employment costs, academic and secretarial support, training, travel and some equipment and consumables.

What types of projects are eligible?

Projects can be undertaken in a wide range of subject areas over most business sectors.

What are shorter KTPs?

Shorter KTPs were introduced in 2009 and are designed to provide businesses with the opportunity to work with a university on a more tactical project than those offered by the classical model.

They work in a similar way to the classic KTPs, with the main differences being:

  • Projects can be between 10 and 40 weeks in duration.
  • The applications process is shorter and quicker, with approval/rejection within 4-8 weeks
  • Applications are made online and may be submitted at anytime
  • The associate may already be an employee of the company
  • The weekly rate is set at £950 per week (SMEs contribute 33% and large organisations contribute 60% of the project's costs)

Research and Enterprise Services will manage the KTP applications process and provide support throughout the project.

Case study

Academics from Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications provided expertise to help deliver a successful KTP with Ultra Electronics Communication & Integrated Systems. Professor Garik Markarian was Lead Academic.

For further information contact:
Becky Gordon
Operations Manager for Business Partnerships and Enterprise
Faculty of Science and Technology
Lancaster University
+44 (0)1524 510188