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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

What is a KTP?

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - or KTPs - are designed to deliver leading expertise into organisations and bring about lasting, transformative change. An excellent and cost-effective way of accessing new expertise, KTPs allow organisations to push forward capacity by innovating at the cutting-edge of academia and industry.

How do KTPs work?

KTPs are collaborative, three-way projects between:

  1. A Business
  2. A University
  3. A high-calibre Graduate or post-graduate (known as the Associate).

The KTP programme has been running for over 40 years, successfully embedding associates within businesses to transfer expertise from academia. The scheme is UK-wide with over 800 projects live at any time.

Each KTP project lasts between one and three years, and is part-funded by the UK government. They focus on growing business capabilities by embedding knowledge, improving access to new expertise, and solving specific business problems.

Why work with the University of Exeter?

We have an excellent track record in delivering successful, high impact KTPs with companies across a variety of different sectors.

  • We are proud to be the leading leading Knowledge Base partner for KTPs in South West England.
  • We have successfully delivered over 100 KTPs, including one finalist for 'Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership' in 2020.
  • 95% of our KTP applications are awarded funding, with 85% of our KTP projects rated 'good' to 'outstanding'.