Innovation & Enterprise


Grow your business through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

Take your business to the next level with the academic know-how and funding that brings about real change.

Through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme, you can improve your business’s productivity and performance with the input of UCL’s world-leading academics.

What is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)?

A KTP provides the funding and support for you to join forces with an academic team and a highly skilled graduate, using the latest research to help grow your business. Together you’ll work for one to three years on developing a new product, process, service or efficiency saving.

The scheme is open to companies of all sizes and may also be relevant to other types of organisations. 

Examples of our recent KTPs

  • Numbermix is collaborating with IOE, UCL's faculty of education and society, on the design of a digital education platform for teachers and schoolchildren. 
  • UCL Physics & Astronomy and UCL Chemical Engineering are using advanced chemistry simulation techniques to set up a Digital Lab for BP and solve the challenges of oil and gas production.

How the partnership benefits you

You’ll be able to:

  • solve your strategic challenge with world-leading academics from UCL
  • access funding to cover up to two-thirds of the project costs, depending on the size of your business
  • increase your annual pre-tax profits by an average £600,000
  • enhance the skills and knowledge of your staff

The other partners benefit too, with the academic team publishing its findings and many companies choosing to employ the graduate afterwards.

How it works

  1. You’ll have an idea of how academic know-how could transform your business, but don’t yet have the expertise in house.
  2. You’ll be partnered with two academics who have the knowledge you need. They’ll jointly commit half a day a week to overseeing the project.
  3. Together you’ll recruit a graduate, usually at master's level or above, who’s employed by UCL but works on site as part of your team. They’ll lead the project and make sure its innovations take root. 

What funding is available

A KTP typically costs around £120,000 a year.

Innovate UK, the government funding body, will cover a substantial part of these costs: 

  • 67% funding for an SME 
  • 50% funding for a larger company

Your organisation will then need to pay the remaining percentage.

Process and timings

It can take at least nine months to get all the pieces of a KTP in place. That includes applying for the funds, creating a detailed workplan and recruiting an associate. You’ll be supported at every stage by our UCL KTP Manager and a Knowledge Transfer Advisor from Innovate UK.

Find out more

If you have a project in mind and you’re keen to find out more, contact us at ktp@ucl.ac.uk or 020 3108 6210.

You can also find more about what a KTP can offer your business on the KTP website.

Case study

Two design images of a building and a photo of the completed building. Logos for DesignBuilder, Innovate UK and UCL
DesignBuilder joins forces with UCL to lead the way in building performance assessment and modelling

DesignBuilder Software is drawing on UCL’s specialist expertise to help organisations reduce their environmental impact with new ‘in-use’ performance evaluation tools for buildings.

KTP Associate profile

Nishesh Jain
Nishesh Jain

Nishesh was the Associate for UCL’s KTP with software company DesignBuilder.

Working with UCL academics, Nishesh helped develop tools to enable DesignBuilder to lead the way in a new area of building performance assessments.

Read about Nishesh's experience of being a KTP Associate >