Knowledge Transfer Partnership

A unique opportunity to apply research to real world, business critical projects.

A great way to bridge research and real-world knowledge in a transformative way, applying academic expertise to business projects.

Established in 1975, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) are one of the world’s leading knowledge transfer mechanisms. They provide academics with the unique opportunity to apply research to real world, business critical projects

Part-funded by both government organisations and research councils, KTP is led by the Technology Strategy Board. Each KTP project lasts between six and 36 months, depending upon the time required to deliver real and transformative outcomes.

KTP enables you to participate in ongoing and rewarding collaborations with innovative businesses that need up-to-date research-based expertise to realise their potential.

You will jointly supervise a KTP Associate who will be predominantly based at the company premises.

Benefits for UCL Academics

  • There have been 66 projects since 1995 across 15 UCL departments (including cross-departmental), securing £8.8m total income, including £1.6m going directly to the Academic PI.
  • Jointly publishing papers in collaboration with the KTP Associate and the company – typically three papers per KTP at UCL
  • Create new source material for use in teaching material at under- and post-graduate level
  • The opportunity to identify student projects for current and future Masters & PhD programmes
  • Identify further research collaborations with companies
  • Develop new ideas for research and demonstrate REF Impact
  • All KTP projects receive support from the KTP Manager in compiling the application, pre-award financial management, HR support and post-award project & budget management
  • The potential to raise your own and your department's profile in the bid to attract ongoing funding from other sources

Find out how KTP works for companies

Do you have an idea for a KTP project? Do you have a company you wish to work for? Are you interested in finding out how KTP can support you and your department? Get in touch with the UCL KTP Manager to discuss the possibilities