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Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is Europe’s leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base.

Each Partnership employs one or more high calibre Associates (recently qualified people) for a project lasting one to three years, transferring the knowledge the company is seeking into the business. Each Associate works in the company on a project which is core to the strategic development of the business. Through contact with businesses, the knowledge base partner is also provided with a relevant and improved understanding of the challenges companies encounter, and their business requirements and operations.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a UK-wide programme run and managed on behalf of 17 government funding organisations by Innovate UK. Each Partnership is part funded by Government with the balance of the costs coming from the company partner. Associates are jointly supervised by a senior member of the business and an academic or technical specialist from the partnering knowledge base organisation.

Benefits for companies:

  • Access to technology of strategic importance
  • Increase sales, reduce costs, increase profitability
  • Utilise skills and expertise in the academic science base

Benefits for academic partners:

  • Experience of working on real industrial problems
  • On-going collaborations with industry
  • Stimulating and fruitful relationship with industry
  • Financial support for release of staff involved in the project

Benefits for graduates/postgraduates:

  • High profile position within the company and competitive salary
  • Comprehensive training in management and technical skills
  • Enhanced career prospects

STFC Sponsorship

STFC will consider sponsoring only those Projects that aim to transfer technology directly from STFC supported research groups in Higher Education Institutions or STFC’s Laboratories where the academic and technology expertise have been derived from developments in particle physics, astronomy or space science.

How to Apply

For further details and to apply please visit the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships website.


For information on STFC’s sponsorship of KTP, please contact Ling Xu

Last updated: 26 August 2016


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