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

Unique, three-way collaborations
powering innovation

For nearly 50 years, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) have been helping businesses innovate for growth.

They do this by connecting businesses that have an innovation idea with the academic expertise to help deliver it. Right now around 800 businesses, 100 knowledge bases (universities and other research organisations) and over 800 graduates are involved in KTPs – collaborative, transformative, three-way partnerships creating positive impact and driving innovation.

Each KTP is supported by one of Innovate UK Business Connect’s Knowledge Transfer Advisers (KTAs) who provide expertise and guidance to all partners at every stage of the KTP journey. Find your nearest KTA here.

Every KTP is managed by a KTP Associate – a talented graduate or postgraduate. See current vacancies here. As a KTP Associate you can apply for the KTP Awards 2024, where we celebrate the excellence of your innovative projects. Competition is now open till 31 May 2024. Find out how to apply.


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


05 April

Embedding advanced artificial intelligence (AI) capability to develop digital coaching with a KTP Project

With KTP project funding KultraLabĀ® will take on an experienced PhD level Associate from the University for a period of three years.Ā  The successful candidate…

24 March

Business advancement with AI made possible through KTP

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are transforming the way we live and work and driving real changes in every sector and industry. Pioneering, legally-grounded AI models…

Women in KTP
07 March

Stories from Women in KTP: the Power of Collaboration

From footwear to cell culture, kit homes to biotech, we hear from women leading innovation-focussed businesses about how a highly successful academic collaboration model helped…

Women in KTP
28 February

Stories from Women in KTP: celebrating International Women's Day

The power of collaboration: in the first of our mini series, we hear from leading business women about how they used a highly successful academic…

what they say

Chirine Riachy, PhD

"KTP projects pave the way to businesses who want to exploit the latest advancements but do not have the expertise or confidence to do so. Through input from academic experts advising on the latest research in the field, and unrelenting support and guidance from Innovate UK, success is way more attainable."

Head of Data Science, Charles Clinkard