Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are collaborations between University academics, a company that needs their expertise and a graduate recruited to work on a project central to the needs of the business and its development. Together they devise and manage a project, which is of strategic importance to the company, and is intellectually challenging and of business relevance to the academic. A highly skilled graduate known as a KTP Associate is then recruited to manage the project on a day-to-day basis.

Part funded by Government, KTP is a Technology Strategy Board programme, enabling innovation in business. The University of Salford is a participant KTP Knowledge Base providing expertise and resources to businesses via a strategic project.

KTPs can vary in length from 1 to 3 years (classic KTP) and from 10 to 40 weeks (shorter KTP), depending on the needs of the business and the desired outcomes.  The shorter KTP projects aim to address more short-term, tactical business issues (10-40 weeks). They also act as a stepping stone for those businesses that have not worked with the UK knowledge base, such as a university before to realise the benefits that can be achieved through knowledge transfer and collaborative partnerships.

KTP - Key Facts:

  • Micro-sized organisations, SMEs and large companies are eligible.
  • Grant upto 60% (dependent on company size). 
  • The Associate may already be an employee of the company or the University or may be recruited specifically for the project.
  • The Associates can work part-time on the project.
  • The Associate may be based at the company premises (employed by the University), or may be based at the University if already employed by the company partner.
  • Shorter KTPS (sKTP) are appropriate for REF.
  • May be submitted at any time; decision made typically 4-8 weeks after submission of a proposal. 

To register your interest or for further information please contact Professor Peter McDermott by email or by telephone on 0161 295 5076.