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About the scheme

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a subsidised three-way partnership between a business, a high-calibre graduate and an academic institution.

It is a cost-effective way for businesses to attract fresh talent and access the expertise in universities and colleges to deliver strategic innovative solutions to achieve business growth. Graduates gain vital experience delivery projects in their fields of expertise and many are offered a permanent job with the company after the project is completed.

The scheme is funded by Innovate UK and Invest NI. We partner business and graduates, matching project requirements with management or technical skills and academic disciplines.

We also offer both Technical KTP and Management KTP Programmes. For both programmes, projects typically last about two years and funding is available for up to two-thirds of the total project costs.

This project is part funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

How can it help my business?

Technical KTPs match graduates from a specific discipline such as engineering, ICT or construction with companies undertaking projects related to their speciality while a Management KTP matches business management graduates with companies from all sectors seeking to implement strategic organisational improvements and is ideal for businesses which need to revamp their strategy or business model.

These collaborations can directly improve your company's competitiveness, productivity, efficiency and profitability.

Projects should be transformative, driving strategic change and boosting commercial performance focusing on business areas such as:

  • Strategy & business modelling
  • Process or operational improvements
  • Leadership & decision-making
  • Skills development

KTP offers companies:

  • Graduate skills
  • Access to knowledge and research in third level institutions
  • A channel for commercialising research
  • Support through new product, service or process development

Find out more about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Who is eligible?

This support is available to all NI businesses but may be subject to some eligibility criteria.

How to apply?

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Watch our case studies on how Northern Ireland businesses have benefited from the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme.