Explore the transformative impact of KTP

Discover KTP projects by sector

KTP is a highly versatile innovation engine. Whatever business you’re in, and whatever your innovation challenge, KTP may be a highly effective solution to bring about positive strategic change.

KTPs work by matching your information need with the right expert knowledge, held within one of the UK’s world class knowledge bases (university, research organisation or catapult).

To better understand the diversity and flexibility of KTP, browse some KTP Case Studies, organised by sector below, to see how KTP delivers real innovation impact across all sectors of the economy, in businesses big and small, right across the UK.

You’ll also find some great examples of KTP success in our KTP Awards brochures:

KTP Awards 2022

KTP Awards 2020

KTP Awards 2019


Find food waste sickening? KTP helps food sharing app tackle £15bn a year problem
OLIO and University of Nottingham

KTP reduces Food Waste by Detecting Potato Defects early
BHive Innovations and University of West of England

Improving production control and quality consistency of traditional cracker manufacturer, Rakusen’s, using Industry 4 technologies
Rakusen’s and University of Bradford


Driving the sustainability agenda
sda and University of Leeds

Transforming Organic Baby Food Market
Ella’s Kitchen and University of Reading

Collaboration leads to £4.2 million supermarket deal for Devon dairy
Langage Farm and University of Plymouth

Improving dairy calf welfare and lifetime productivity
Tesco and Liverpool University


Sophisticated royalties calculator empowers musicians
Sentric Music Group and Loughborough University

KTP project helps launch revolutionary publishing platform
Distinctive Publishing and Durham University


Enhancing Competitiveness in Virtual Reality Production
Wild Rover Productions and University of York

Helping Chatsworth measure its economic impact
Chatsworth and University of Derby

Collaboration and interpretation of research at National Trust places to demonstrate academic impact and move, teach and inspire visitors
National Trust and Manchester University

Changing audience interaction
The Hallé Concerts Society & The Open University

Creating a Living Archive of Dance Festivals
Serendipity and De Montfort University



KTP helps create a psychologically informed and therapeutic service for children awaiting adoption
St David’s Charity and Cardiff Metropolitan University

Co creating a novel approach to the Youth Justice System
Positive Steps and Manchester Metropolitan University

Development of Wellbeing Identification and Support Platform (WISP), creating immersive, digital tools to help people dealing with impacts of trauma
Inspire Workplaces and Ulster University

Transforming the Business Model in a Social Enterprise
Ashton Community Trust and Queen’s University Belfast


Inspiring the Digital Generation with a Love of Reading
Book Trust and the Open University

The National Trust Partnership: Connecting cutting-edge Oxford University research with the National Trust’s places and collections
The National Trust and Oxford University

Partnership to help housing association residents influence services
Byker Community Trust and Newcastle University


Tackling cybersecurity risks amid the pandemic: KTP helps develop new software
Ampliphae and Queen’s University Belfast

KTP helps develop tools to counter Fake News and Online Misinformation
Logically and University of Sheffield

Revolutionising pet healthcare
Vet-AI and University of Leeds

Carbon Reduction in IT Hardware
Techbuyer & University of East London

Accelerating Wireless Communications
AcclerComm and University of Southampton


Market leader in solar photovoltaic (PV) drone inspection and software solutions adopts AI for fault detection
Above and Essex University


Driving eMobility forward: Siemens and Newcastle University collaborate with a KTP to tackle battery life-span
Siemens and Newcastle University

KTP helps close the Energy Performance Gap
arbnco and University of Strathclyde

How do you reduce the radar “clutter” of wind farms?
Trelleborg and Loughborough University

Enabling Reliability in Renewable Energy
IXYS UK Westcode Ltd and University of Nottingham

KTP to recycle cars also creates energy, saves money and contributes to prisoner rehabilitation
Recycling Lives and University of Central Lancashire


Taking the Froth off Energy Costs
Windswept Brewing Company and University of the Highlands & Islands


Award-winning webcasts for GPs, powered by a KTP
University of Reading and Red Whale

Developing a neonatal Ambulance Trolley
Paraid and Birmingham City University

Evolutionary Augmented Reality Technology helps children with Asthma
Orbital Media and University of Suffolk

KTP develops Antibody Library
Fusion Antibodies and Queen’s University Belfast

KTPs supporting innovation in mental health
Selection of case studies


Bridging the commercialisation gap and improving wound care
Crawford Healthcare and Manchester University

Developing next generation lenses
Raynor Interocular and Aston University

Speeding up diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer for NHS and private patients
Check4Cancer and Essex University


Addressing Housing & Net Zero Challenges
Platinum Electrical Engineering & Northumbria University

Ground-breaking design of a calculation suite for designing masonry support systems
Masonry Support Systems and Queen’s University Belfast

KTP helps close the Energy Performance Gap
arbnco and University of Strathclyde

KTP develops innovative Hollow Pile technology reducing carbon emissions
Keltbray and City, University of London


Supporting the digital evolution of property sales and marketing

Citu and Leeds Beckett University


KTP between Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and Fifth Wheel Co unlocks manufacturing innovation
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and Fifth Wheel Co

Traditional pottery transforms manufacturing operation
Burleigh Pottery and University of the West of England

Epigem’s KTP with Northumbria University to develop medical device for cattle disease testing leads to company transformation
Epigem and Northumbria University

KTP helps embed Industry 4.0 techniques to transform business visibility and efficiency
Beverston Engineering and Liverpool John Moores University

Reimagining the humble standpipe
Aquacheck Engineering and Manchester Metropolitan University


Embedding academic research into a manufacturing company
WMG Warwick University and WH Tildesley

KTP transforms manufacturing for copper castings specialist
Peel Jones Copper Products and Teesside University


Enabling the circular economy
Aquapak Polymers Ltd and Heriot-Watt University

KTP to recycle cars also creates energy and saves money and contributes to prisoner rehabilitation and homelessness
Recycling Lives and University of Central Lancashire

KTP Associate develops whole new class of ionic liquid with improved environmental credentials
Kilwaughter Minerals and Queen’s University Belfast

Sugru, the mouldable glue, gets an innovative new fix
FormFormForm and Queen Mary, University of London


Helping industry develop innovative food packaging material
Bobst and Manchester Metropolitan University


Revolutionising Jewellery Insurance Claims
SBS Insurance and Birmingham City University

KTP Associate uses AI to develop intelligent data driven fraud prevention and detection service
Kennedy’s LLP and University of Manchester

Law Firm enters KTP with University of Essex to develop pricing tool
Stephenson Harwood LLP and University of Essex


Market leading provider of financial data and intelligence on the alternative assets market, automates analytical processes
Preqin and Essex University


Driving eMobility forward: Siemens and Newcastle University collaborate with a KTP to tackle battery life-span
Siemens and Newcastle University

Revolutionising railway inspections with AI via a KTP
Omnicom Balfour Beatty and University of York

Green military machine? Innovation helps make equipment more environmentally sustainable
SC Group and University of Exeter

KTP Project Wins $1 million Mobility Unlimited Challenge for Ultra-lightweight Intelligent Wheelchair
Phoenix Instinct and University of the West of Scotland


Machine vision solution for autonomous vehicles
Aurrigo and Aston University

what they say

Chirine Riachy, PhD
Case Studies

"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
Lucy Jones
Case Studies

"The KTP not only provided the project management and skilled people....but the support of the University academic supervisors [made] it as current and evidence based as possible. A KTP was one of the only ways to achieve this."

VP Clinical, Oviva UK
Agnieszka Bachleda-Baca
Case Studies

"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)
Case Studies

"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".

Northumbria Pharma / University of Sunderland
Melanie Herrmann
Case Studies

"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."

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

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

David Beattie
Case Studies

“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.

Davidsons Feeds/James Hutton Institute
Neha Sharma
Case Studies

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

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

"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
Case Studies

"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
Case Studies

"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."

University of Nottingham / OLIO


05 April,

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

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

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…

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…

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