Turn your knowledge and ideas into solutions with a funded collaboration that brings about real change within a business.
Through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme, you’ll be able to work with a UK company on a complex strategic project.
What is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)?
A KTP provides the funding and support for you to join forces with an organisation and a high-calibre associate to solve a significant business challenge. Together you’ll work for one to three years on developing a new product, process, service or efficiency saving.
Examples of our recent KTPs
- UCL Statistical Science have teamed up with Hummingbird Technologies to improve the science behind the drones that provide insights into how crops are growing.
- UCL Institute of Education is collaborating with Numbermix 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
By sharing your expertise with the business you’ll be able to:
- publish your findings
- initiate new student projects
- develop business-relevant teaching materials
- extend the partnership into new areas
The other partners will benefit too. On average, businesses see an increase in annual profits of around £600,000 and associates are often offered a job at the end of it.
How a KTP works
- The business has an idea about how your existing research could help increase their profits or efficiencies.
- You and an academic colleague will jointly commit half a day a week to overseeing the introduction of these new ideas.
- UCL employs an associate, usually at master's level or above, who’s based full-time at the business. They will lead the project and make sure its innovations take root.
What funding is available
KTPs typically cost 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 KTP Manager and a Knowledge Transfer Advisor from Innovate UK.
If you have a project in mind and you’re keen to find out more, you can watch our presentation which explains the scheme in more detail (you'll need to enter your UCL password).
Watch a video about being a KTP Associate
Davy Rowan talks about his role as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate at Biocatalysts Ltd, where he oversees technology transfer from UCL to Biocatalysts Ltd.