Nicola is the first point of contact for any business wishing to explore KTP. In this feature Nicola discusses how the Knowledge Transfer Partnership works and how it can benefit Northern Ireland businesses.
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme is a three way partnership between a business, an academic institution (University or College) and a recently qualified graduate. It’s a UK-wide programme that has been helping businesses for over 40 years to improve their competitiveness, productivity and profitability through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills.
The partnership enables Northern Ireland Businesses to access expertise and innovation. It is specifically relevant to those customers who:
Invest NI has committed to provide £4.9m in funding towards the KTP programme over the next 5 years. My role within Invest NI is to promote the benefits of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership and encourage Northern Ireland’s companies to tap into the knowledge and expertise held in our outstanding educational institutions.
Historically, the KTP programme has been particularly successful in Northern Ireland, where we have continued to out-perform the rest of the UK in terms of project delivery.
My role within Invest NI is to promote the benefits of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership and encourage Northern Ireland’s companies to tap into the knowledge and expertise held in our outstanding educational institutions.- Nicola Doherty, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Manager
Well, in addition to embedding expertise and expanding the capability of your business, it will drive competitive advantage through accelerated innovation practices.
Furthermore it will enable your business to:
The programme will have six ‘Open’ calls throughout the 2018/2019 financial year, the second of which opened 5 July with a closing date of 19 September.
To find out more how the KTP programme works watch our short video below, contact us or Tel 0800 181 4422.