Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Aston has 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 offer a real opportunity to enhance business-relevant research and teaching. They increase the profitability of innovative businesses and deliver on-the-job professional development for graduates to enhance their commercial and specialist skills. Aston has been involved in KTP since the beginning of the programme and has had over 130 successful projects – in disciplines across all of our Colleges.

What is a KTP?

KTPs are a powerful way of reaping the real-world benefits of cutting-edge knowledge, with projects of between 12 and 36 months 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 base, technology and skills that the University has to offer.

Funding comes from UKRI through Innovate UK, with the support of co-funders including the Scottish Funding Council, Welsh Government, Invest Northern Ireland, Defra and BEIS. Innovate UK manages the KTP programme and facilitates its delivery through a range of partners including the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Knowledge Bases and Businesses. Each partner plays a specific role in the support and delivery of the programme.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships at Aston University

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



Aston's KTP Success

  • We are in the top ten most active universities delivering Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in the UK. 
  • We won the 2020 Best of the Best Awards for most effective Initiative from a Knowledge Base Team.
  • Aston University KTP Associate Radovan Gallo won the Future Innovator category of the 2019 KTP Best of the Best Awards.
  • Companies engaging with our KTP team see an average ROI of 1,107%.

Aston University partners with Aurrigo (part of the RDM Group) to develop and implement a sophisticated machine vision solution for autonomous vehicles.

KTP News and Announcements

Our success stories

Get in Touch

For more information about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships or an informal chat, email or call 0121 204 4242.