A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a unique three-way collaboration that brings together world-class university experts, a qualified graduate and ambitious industry partners to accelerate strategic innovation and growth.
KTP is a government funded framework for driving innovation and growth by linking university knowledge and resources with UK companies and industry partners. KTP has been operating for more than 40 years with some of the biggest names in business – including Dyson and Jaguar Landrover – and some of the smallest too!
A KTP enables a business to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project. KTP helps develop lasting relationships for ongoing strategic innovation and sustainable growth.
Why does the government part fund KTP?
The government has created KTPs to help drive innovation and productivity in the UK, to ensure businesses remain competitive in a changing market and continue to grow and develop.
What kind of project is eligible?
KTP is for projects with ambitious levels of innovation, impact and challenge that result in significant wealth creation. It might be a new development within your sector or a chance to enter a different market – whatever the innovation, it will be a challenge to the project team and provide a step-change for the company.
What types of businesses or organisations take part?
The majority of KTPs involve small or medium sized companies, but the scheme is open to larger business, as well as non-profit and third sector organisations. The only exclusions are public sector organisations.
How long is a KTP?
A project can last from 1 to 3 years in one month blocks.
Why do universities take part?
Oxford Brookes University is committed to sharing expertise and translating our knowledge into practical, commercial responses to real-world business challenges and this in turn increases our fund of knowledge as a University. Work undertaken through KTPs contributes to the University’s academic outputs including research papers and enriching teaching by providing in-depth, live case studies or access to industry partners and experts.
What are the requirements?
To take part, companies need to have a registered base in the UK. Businesses will also need evidence that they can afford a KTP and invest in its outcomes.
How much will it cost?
For a small or medium size company, government bodies, such as Innovate UK, contribute two-thirds of the cost. So for a typical project worth approximately £75,000 per annum, your company invests just £25,000 a year. That’s £25,000 a year to embed a graduate in your company, backed up by the weight of senior academics and the resources of a university, to bring new capability and wealth creation. In fact, the average increase in pre-tax profit for a business that takes part in KTP is over £1m per annum.
How does the KTP package work?
- A full-time 'KTP Associate' (graduate) actions the project from within the company,
- The Associate is recruited jointly but employed by the University.
- An expert from the University leads the approach, working with the Associate half a day per week.
- The Associate accesses knowledge and resources at the University.
- The KTP brings budgets for contributions to equipment, training and travel.
- The KTP is jointly managed to ensure successful completion.
How do I apply?
Contact our KTP Office to discuss your idea. We will scope out a project with you, and work together on a grant application. Did you know - nearly 90% of KTP applications are successful!
KTP is advantageous to all three partners.
Benefits to businesses and organisations
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships can help your business or organisation to create a step-change in a combination of some of these areas:
- access new expertise and embed new knowledge to drive profitability,
- apply a new technology, improve a process or develop a new market,
- drive a culture of increase productivity,
- create a culture of accelerated innovation to drive competitive advantage,
- create new ideas or Intellectual Property,
- gain access to new markets, develop new products, increase efficiency and productivity,
- gain new strategic insights with cost-effective access to the UK’s world-class knowledge base.
Access funding from the innovation agency Innovate UK or other organisations in UK Research and Innovation.
Benefits to the University
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) benefits for Oxford Brookes University include:
- increasing our fund of knowledge,
- creating strategic relationships with innovative business partners,
- producing new research papers and giving real-world case studies for our teaching,
- bringing valuable research income and helping identify contemporary research themes,
- bringing experience of applying knowledge and expertise to real-world problems,
- contributing to our evidence for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
We champion KTPs through our Research and Business Development Office. We discuss with businesses the challenges they face and identify the best academic team to help. We engage expert thinkers and innovative specialists who are pleased to embrace problem-solving.
Benefits to the Graduate Associate
- employment for suitably qualified graduates to apply their knowledge to realise a key strategic innovation,
- experience of managing a challenging real-world project,
- the chance to implement strategic development within an innovative company,
- the chance to gain a further professional qualification,
- dedicated coaching, mentoring and personal development,
- the possibility of a rewarding job with the company at the end of the project.
The KTP Manager works with you to develop a structured project aligned to your strategic objectives and helps apply for KTP funding. With success rates of 90% and rising, your new project may be just months away.
- A strategic innovation idea or an organisational problem to solve?
- Expertise needed
- Talk to the KTP Manager
- Explore the research capability
- Cost the project and apply for funding
- Recruit a suitable graduate
- Progress the project with academic support
- Transform your business capability
- Meet your strategic objectives
- Innovation embedded for long-term strategic change
A KTP typically lasts between 1-3 years. Once complete many partnerships go on to apply for future funding to continue to build on their partnership either involving the same academic team or a different combination. The criteria remain the same, so be thinking about ‘next steps’ while the current project is in play and consider how the company or organisation might grow again through KTP.
Explore KTP with Oxford Brookes - there’s a wealth of knowledge within the University for you to tap into. We’ll work in partnership with you to develop a successful KTP application and manage the project from start to completion – ensuring a long-term boost to your organisation.
We also run dedicated workshops for faculties, research groups or departments within Oxford Brookes to discuss KTP project ideas, explain or explore the initiative and understand how KTP can contribute to research and teaching.
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