Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

KTP: the fashion studio

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a collaborative research project between a business (or other organisation) and an academic institution which facilitates the transfer of knowledge, technology and skills.

It must be a significant project of strategic value, enabling a business to improve its competitiveness, productivity and performance. Each partnership employs one or more recently qualified people (the Associate) to work in the company on a project of strategic importance to the business.

A KTP can provide real benefits to all partners. The business gains access to technology, expertise or skills which it would otherwise not be able to access. The academic institution benefits from interactions with business – for example through developing relevant teaching and research material, publishing high quality research papers and gaining an improved understanding of business requirements and operations.  The Associate benefits from work experience in industry at a strategic level that often recent graduates are unable to experience.

Contact us

If you like to find out more contact Mhairi Ambler.

Mhairi Ambler
Research & Development Projects Officer
Tel: 01326 255800

KTP is a national, government funded scheme – visit the national website: