A celebration of the very best KTP collaborations

After a year like no other,  it’s time to start planning for something positive: The KTP Best of the Best Awards, Thursday 23rd September 2021.

This year’s theme: Celebrating the Spirit of Collaboration.



Collaboration is at the heart of every KTP and what makes it such an effective innovation engine – uniting different teams around a common purpose for the benefit of all involved. 

But the exceptional circumstances we have all experienced over the last year have called for collaboration on an epic scale and we will be honouring this with a special new showcase Award. 

There are six categories this year. Please use the drop down menus to find out more about eligibility criteria.

  • Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership
  • Engineering Excellence Award
  • Business Impact Award
  • Future Leader – Supported by Ashorne Hill 
  • Societal Impact Award – Supported by KTN
  • Highlighting Inspiring stories of Knowledge Base support for an Associate / Partnership, Inspired by David Woollard.

KTP Partnerships can apply for more than one Award category.

At KTN we are committed to shaping innovation communities of the future which is exactly what made these awards so inspiring. Not only are our KTP winners actively bringing research into commercial business environments, but they are also bringing new ways of thinking, diverse experience and varied skillsets together to make a manful difference in building a sustainable economy and society” said Alicia Greated, CEO, KTN.


View and download the KTP Best of the Best Awards 2020 brochure here.

This award honours the partnership which has brought the greatest benefits to all three participants, exceeding the expectations set out in their KTP proposal, and which best exemplifies innovation through collaboration. 

You may also enter the Engineering Excellence Award category with your nomination for Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership.


Eligible KTPs are those that have completed and received an A or B grade from the KTP grading panel between 1st January 2019 and 19th of April 2021.

Any project nominated last year is not eligible for this year. 


Here we celebrate excellence in the application of engineering skills, interpreted in the broadest sense, to recognise the continuing evolution of this field. 


Eligible KTPs are those that have completed and received an A or B grade from the KTP grading panel between 1st January 2019 and 19th of April 2021.

Any project nominated last year is not eligible for this year. 



To be considered for the award, an organisation must be able to demonstrate substantial ongoing impact from their KTP beyond the expectations as set out in their Partnership’s original KTP proposal.


KTPs are those that have completed and received an A or B grade from the KTP grading panel by 31 December 2019.


This award is for KTP Associates who have shown exceptional skills, above and beyond the normal expectations of a KTP Associate, in driving and delivering innovation strategy; demonstrating great teamwork and outstanding leadership potential.


Associates must be:

  • in post as a KTP Associate at the time of nomination (nominations close 10th of May 2021)
  • have completed both Ashorne Hill training modules at the time of nomination (nominations close 10th May 2021)
  • be able to attend the Awards ceremony on  23rd September 2021.

This award recognises the wider impacts of KTP – those projects which have delivered significant societal/social or environmental benefit. This Award is supported by KTN.


To be eligible for this award, your KTP project must have been completed and received an A or B grade from the KTP grading panel by 19th April 2021.

Nominations from last year’s Awards in any category may also enter this category.


We aim to showcase these inspiring stories in recognition of the support the Knowledge Base (KB) teams have provided to their partnerships in particular their Associates during the pandemic.

We will feature these inspiring stories in the promotion of the Best of the Best KTP Awards 2021 ceremony and include a selection of these stories in the post-event brochure.

This Award has been inspired by David Woollard.

Every entrant will receive a letter of thanks from Innovate UK and KTN, whilst all KBs will be able to download a certificate highlighting their participation in KTP during the pandemic.

what they say

Agnieszka Bachleda-Baca

"My KTP was challenging but very rewarding at the same time. I have received an unique opportunity to work in the industry and academia at the same time, which is very advantageous. I became a better researcher and worked with different departments at the company, which gave me a great idea of how I want to shape my career path". Find out more about Agneiska's experience in this longer profile piece here.    

arbnco / University of Strathclyde
Emily Mason (BSc Hons, Biopharmaceutical Science)

"For me, the KTP role has really been a life changing opportunity.... I hadn’t heard of KTP until I applied for my role, however after the experience I have had I recommend it to anyone - especially graduates as it’s a great bridge between university and ‘real life’. It is certainly a decision I will never regret". Emily Mason, KTP Associate

Northumbria Pharma / University of Sunderland
Melanie Herrmann

"I am privileged to work both with gifted academics at the University of Cambridge, and bright minds at Vizzuality, a change agency for a sustainable and fair future. I am grateful for this unique opportunity to work in a job that I love and believe in." Melanie Herrmann, KTP Associate

Vizzuality/University of Cambridge
Dr Shirley Ann Hazlett, Senior Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast Management School

The Management KTP initiative is fantastic for any growth-oriented SME, such as RBP, and we cannot recommend this programme highly enough”.  

David Beattie

“Through KTP, I’ve found a graduate role which offers both academic and industry experience in equal measure. My role is intensely immersive, which I put down to the considerable degree of autonomy the KTP framework affords. Our project is a win-win for its stakeholders, may lead to job creation and will reduce our Carbon footprint. That’s satisfying.” See a longer profile piece about David Beattie's KTP here. David Beattie, KTP Associate

Davidsons Feeds/James Hutton Institute
Neha Sharma

"KTP is like a beautiful interwoven fabric of academia and industry"

KTP Associate, Cosmotec Ltd and University of Salford
Professor Yvonne Perrie

"KTP provides a superb pathway for knowledge transfer, enabling academic research to be applied to deliver impact to real world solutions".

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Paul Graham

"The KTP has been a revolutionary programme, enabling the business to completely standardise the design process with the added luxury of achieving high accuracy at a high speed.” 

IG Masonry Support Systems General Manager
Georgiana Nica-Avram

Working with OLIO and the University of Nottingham has helped me develop personally and professionally. It has helped me contribute the skills and knowledge I have gained so far, as well as develop new skills in the fast-paced domain of data science. OLIO is dedicated to addressing one of today’s greatest challenges- food waste, and I am grateful to be part of this solution. Georgian Nica-Avram, KTP Associate

University of Nottingham / OLIO


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