Working on a KTP gives our academics the opportunity to develop business-relevant teaching and research, apply knowledge and expertise to important organisational problems, and identify new research themes and undergraduate/postgraduate projects. Widely seen as the 'gold standard' in knowledge exchange, work from a KTP project can also be used as evidence in the increasing demand for economic impact of research investment.

Why work on a KTP project?

  • Lead rewarding collaborations with innovative businesses
  • Develop cutting-edge, business-relevant teaching and research materials
  • Apply knowledge and expertise to important business problems in a live context
  • Gain a relevant and improved understanding of business operations
  • Identify new research themes as well as undergraduate/postgraduate projects
  • Produce evidence for economic impact of research investment
  • Generate real-world case studies
  • Publish high-quality research papers, journal articles and conference presentations
  • Over 90% proposal success rate
Research and teaching 

Academic partners who take part in KTP produce on average more than three new research projects and two research papers for each project. The papers and publications developed through KTP, as well as the research income, can contribute to the REF rating of a department.

KTP can also assist with teaching. You’ll be working with a highly qualified researcher (Associate), often post-doctoral, so the setup is not dissimilar to that of a research project. Due to the close working partnership between the Academic, the Associate and the Company, there’s excellent potential for collaborative work outside the core project, creating opportunities for student projects, work-based activities and the integration of current business issues into teaching materials. Moreover, Associates often get involved in research groups, leading to the adoption of new ideas. And there’s plenty of opportunity for inter-disciplinary collaboration.

Academic commitment 

You are expected to commit half a day per week to a KTP project – mainly at the premises of the business partner. Projects are fully funded and can be based in a variety of areas.

Outreach and business engagement 

You’ll apply research to industry, often informing the direction of ongoing and future research through high-level strategic interaction with the business community. One of the key criteria for judging KTP is whether the project is stimulating and challenging, and many projects involve companies that are incredibly sophisticated in their understanding of technology – meaning the knowledge transfer is very much two-way.

All businesses must be financially viable and committed to strategic progression, as a KTP is expected to deliver a step-change in the organisation’s capability and performance.

Support and management

In the early stages of developing a KTP application, our Research and Knowledge Exchange team will support you through the application process –from initial company contact, throughout the application process and, once successful, in delivering the project.

In addition, a dedicated, highly experienced KTP Adviser will work with the project team, facilitating the development of new partnerships and guiding the partners through the approval process. Once a KTP is approved, the KTP Adviser will continue to monitor and support progress throughout the project.


Hear from our academics

Dr Ahmed Rezk is working on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Coldhubs Limited. Here he talks about the benefits of KTP and how working on the project has supported his career development.

Dr Alan Goddard explains why he enjoys working with companies on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).

Dr Alina Patelli is working on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Thames Laboratories. Here she shares the advantages of the KTP scheme and why she would recommend it to other early career researchers and academics.

Professor Ben Clegg has recently completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Metal Assemblies Limited. Hear why he wanted to get involved in the project and his advice for academics who are interested in working on a KTP.

Dr Geoff Parkes is working on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Horizon Retail Marketing Solutions. Here he discusses how the project is progressing and why he feels taking part in a KTP is a rewarding experience.

Professor James Wolffsohn has been involved in several Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) over the years. Here he explains why he got involved with KTPs and the value of the scheme.

Professor Roslyn Bill outlines why working on a KTP is worthwhile and the opportunities it offers to our academics.

Learn more about KTPs within our colleges

Discover how researchers in our College of Business and Social Sciences are improving the world of business through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Discover how researchers in our College of Health and Life Sciences are improving the world of business through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Discover how researchers in our College of Engineering and Physical Sciences are improving the world of business through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.


Get in Touch

For more information about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships or an informal chat, please email or call Martin May, KTP Manager, on 0121 204 4253.