Profile | Introducing Nicola Doherty, Invest NI's Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Manager
Nicola Doherty has recently been appointed as Manager of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).
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.
Who is the KTP programme for?
The partnership enables Northern Ireland Businesses to access expertise and innovation. It is specifically relevant to those customers who:
- have ambitions to grow, improve productivity and increase competitiveness
- have a project in mind that would help improve an area of their business
- need access to knowledge and understanding not currently available in-house
- have a willingness to collaborate with an academic institution and employ a graduate with specific responsibility for implementing the project
Support from Invest NI
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
So, what can the KTP Programme do for your business?
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:
- Gain privileged and cost-effective access to the UK’s world-class knowledge base and resources
- Increase revenue through access to new markets and new product development
- Improve profits through efficiency gains, increased productivity and better processes
- Benefit from the strategic input of a highly experienced Knowledge Transfer Adviser
How can I find out more and apply?
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.