What is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership?
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses in the UK to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate.
A KTP enables a business to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project through a knowledge-based partnership.
The academic partner (known as the Knowledge Base) will help to develop the project, provide academic input and recruit a suitable graduate, known as an associate. They will act as the employer of the associate, who then works at the business for the majority of the project.
The scheme can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on what the project is and the needs of the business.
Who can take part
Each KTP is a 3-way partnership between:
a UK-based business of any size or a not-for-profit organisation (including social enterprises and charities)
a knowledge base. This could be a university, college, research and technology organisation or Catapult in the UK
a suitably-qualified graduate, with the capability to lead a strategic business project
How to apply
Each application must be led by a knowledge base, working with a business.
If you already have a partnership with knowledge base or know who you would like to work with on a KTP, you should go via that organisation’s KTP office.
If you’re interested in taking part in a KTP but don’t already have a knowledge base partner, you should contact KTN
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