Knowledge Transfer Partnership

What is a knowledge transfer partnership?

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme enables the linking of academic or research organisations and a graduate to a UK business.

This greatly assists in helping UK businesses innovate and grow. There are many positives to a KTP although the scheme will mainly benefit a business by providing the opportunity to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking.

The academic or research organisation that the business is linked with will assist with recruiting a suitable graduate who will then work at the business for the duration of the scheme.

The KTP scheme typically lasts between 12 and 36 months, depending on the project and the needs of the business.

How can I apply for a knowledge transfer partnership?

Put simply a KTP is a 3 way partnership between:

A UK based business of any size or a not-for-profit organisation.
An academic or research organisation. This could be a university, college or research and technology organisation in the UK.
An appropriately qualified graduate, with the capability to lead a strategic business project.

Before applying it is highly recommended you speak to your local Knowledge Transfer adviser as they will check the feasibility of your idea and inform you of its suitability. They can also help you find the right academic or research organisation to work on your project. For more information on applying for a KTP, please consult the GOV.UK KTP page.

Contact your local knowledge transfer partnership adviser

If you would like to contact the local KT adviser then please contact:

Terry Corner – 07860 863 645 or