Find out more about the benefits of participating in KTP as a

Unique three-way collaborations
that power innovation

For over 40 years, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) having been helping companies big and small innovate for growth.

They do this by connecting organisations who have an innovation idea with the expertise to help deliver it. Right now around 800 organisations, 100 university departments and over 800 graduates are involved in KTPs – collaborative, three-way partnerships that create positive impact and drive innovation.

Each KTP is project managed by a KTP Associate – a talented graduate or post graduate. See current vacancies here.

The KTP programme is now complemented by the new Management KTP (mKTP), designed to introduce transformational change through expanded management capability. Find out more here.

The KTP Best of the Best Awards are an annual celebration of the very best KTP partnerships. Finalists have been announced in all six categories of the 2020 Awards. Do join us at our immersive Virtual Event to celebrate as we announce the winners on Wednesday 9 September at 4pm! Register here.



A suitably qualified graduate (known as the Associate)

Lead change, deliver innovation and apply academic knowledge to a real world challenge

A university or research organisation

Create business-relevant teaching, research and publishing opportunities

A UK business or not for profit organisation

Drive innovation, increase productivity and improve business performance


Future Innovator Finalist
31 July

KTP Associate saves six weeks in New Product Development cycle

Outstanding engineering skills lead to significant performance enhancements and cost savings on advanced intruder detection products KTP Associate: George Harris Company: GJD University: Manchester Metropolitan…

Future Innovator Finalist
30 July

KTP Associate is the go-to person for innovative thinking.

Transforming product design methodology, Harvey Langley exceeds project's financial target by a factor of 4! KTP Associate: Harvey Langley  Company: AUS University: University of Huddersfield…

Future Innovator Finalist
28 July

KTP Associate's innovations lead to four patents

Innovative machine learning methods and tools transform spreadsheets into Cognitive models. KTP Associate: Alex Komninos Company: IBM University: University of York About the Project: IBM…

28 July

Management KTP - recording of Webinar Briefing now available

A recording of the recent Webinar Briefing for Management KTP is now available here. You can download the presentation here. Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are…

what they say

Phil Goddard

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships were not really on my radar but when I found out more about them I realized it was the precise mechanism we needed to realize our innovation goals.  It has transformed our business, taking us in to new markets and bringing in fresh thinking and capability which has made us much better able to develop the kind of ideas which will expand our business for years to come.” 

CEO, CSols Ltd