Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

Helping businesses to access the University's pioneering research 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are three-way partnerships involving a business, a graduate and an academic institution. Innovate UK provides oversight of the programme, which aims to help businesses grow through the application of knowledge held by UK academics.

A recent graduate is employed to carry out a specific piece of research for a period of between 1 and 3 years. During this time they are employed by the University but seconded to the company, spending most of their working time there and becoming embedded within the company's working practices. The graduate will work together with the partners on a project that is innovative, impactful and challenging for all involved. In addition, each project receives oversight from an experienced business adviser, external to the University.

Innovate UK will run a total of six open KTP funding competitions for its 2018-19 programme with the following remaining application deadlines:

  • 31 October 2018
  • 12 December 2018
  • 6 February 2019
  • 20 March 2019

Find out more about the benefits for each partner in a KTP via the links below. You can also read about some of our current and completed KTP projects.

Roger White and Tony Fella

Atkins Global

“The KTP scheme has been extremely useful in providing a facility whereby the work undertaken in the University of Birmingham can be applied into Atkins business plan. This will provide significant benefit to Atkins as a business and to the efficiency of the UK and international rail industry.”

Interested in finding out more? Contact a member of the KTP Office today.