Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

We have a strong history of working in partnership with industry and delivering successful outcomes to businesses.

Bringing together the worlds of research and business for 45 years, KTPs expand capability and foster a culture of innovation. 

They increase the profitability of innovative businesses and deliver on-the-job professional development for researchers to enhance their commercial and specialist skills. We have been involved in KTP since the beginning of the programme and have had over 130 successful projects – in disciplines across all of our colleges.

What is a KTP?

Funded by Innovate UK, KTPs are a powerful way of reaping the real-world benefits of cutting-edge knowledge, that have a lasting, positive impact on all participants. Our focus on research with practical and tangible applications allows us to effectively build on the knowledge, technology and skills that the university has to offer.

We're sector leaders for KTP

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Companies engaging with our KTP team see an average return on investment of 1,107%.We're a leading KTP provider and one of the most active in the country, ranking 2nd in terms of volume.

We deliver successful KTPs, with 80% of our completed projects being graded as very good or outstanding by Innovate UK.

We are sector leaders for the quality of our KTP applications.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships at Aston University

Find out how a KTP can help your business innovate, compete in new markets and increase profitability

Dr George Vogiatzis, supported by Dr Diego Faria, is leading the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Aurrigo (part of the RDM Group), to develop and implement a sophisticated machine vision solution for autonomous vehicles in low-speed environments.

Aston University’s world-leading optometry scholar Professor James Wolffsohn led the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Rayner Intraocular Lenses, to develop next-gen lenses that will give patients a high-quality full range of vision without the need to use spectacles. Professor Wolffsohn was supported by Professor Leon Davies.

Dr Carl Senior is leading the Aston University team that includes Professor Adrian Burgess and Dr Sylvia Wong working with Cognition. The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) will make the company the first UK marketing agency to measure the effectiveness of marketing campaigns through electroencephalography (EEG) technology.

Dr Antonio Fratini was supported by Dr Patrick Geoghegan on the second successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Optimec to improve the calibration processes of the is830, a state-of-the-art instrument created to measure contact lenses during the first KTP.

Dr Qingchun Yuan and Dr Zhentao Wu worked with steel etching company Qualitetch Components Ltd through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The KTP developed a novel membrane filtration system to eradicate contamination and increase productivity.

Professor Roslyn Bill and Dr Alan Goddard are working with biotechnology company Biocleave Limited through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The KTP will develop the company’s capacity to express and purify membrane proteins to explore new market opportunities.

Professor Ben Clegg led the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with automotive firm Metal Assemblies to improve company operations using industry 4.0 tools. Professor Clegg was supported by Dr Donato Masi.

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