Discover the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme

A cost-effective way for companies to tap into the expertise and know-how available in universities and colleges to help you grow your business.

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution such as a university or college and a qualified graduate delivering a project lasting about two years.

Up to two-thirds of the costs will be covered.

There is also the option take part in the Management KTP Programme which aims to inject significant management expertise that enables transformational improvement by identifying key, strategic, management-base initiatives to increase business effectiveness.

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

You can access:

  • Graduate skills
  • The wide research and technical base in third level institutions
  • A channel for commercialising research
  • The know-how to add value through new product development and new types of service delivery

Talk to us about your proposed project and we will put you in touch with one of our KTP advisers. They will advise you if your project meets the criteria for KTP support and help you identify a potential partner organisation. Once a project is agreed, a university academic will be assigned to co-supervise your project and tap into the university’s bank of researchers and academics. A high calibre graduate will also be recruited to work on a full-time basis on your project.

You and your partner organisation will then complete a grant application and a partnership proposal form together.

Competition dates

We accept applications for KTP at any time.

The KTP scheme is led by Innovate UK and funded by 15 government organisations including Invest NI. We support projects that are innovative and imaginative in scope, have commercial potential and provide economic benefit to Northern Ireland.  Find out more about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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Case study | Find out how the Knowledge Transfer Partnership works

Not sure that this support is right for you? Contact us and we can explore options for your business together.

Our support may be subject to some eligibility criteria.

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