Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Funded access to Nottingham Trent University expertise

Many businesses face the challenge of having issues that need resolving, while not having either the resources or focus to address these issues.

At NTU, our academics could be the extra resource you've been looking for to add value to your business, through the government-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme.

KTP projects are designed to provide solutions to a specific business need, allowing businesses or other qualifying organisations to work with a graduate, while being supported by University experts across a range of sectors.

What kinds of business can benefit from KTPs?

KTPs are open to businesses of all types and sizes from across the UK, as well as public and third sector organisations.

What types of projects can KTPs assist with?

KTPs can aid technologically innovative projects which offer high impact and challenge for all parties. Projects typically involve the development of new products, processes, and systems.

  • Projects can last from one to three years.
  • An average two-year KTP costs £145,000.
  • Minimum SME contribution is circa £24,000 per year; for large companies, circa £36,000.

The graduate is employed by the University but based full-time in the organisation. Funding is up to 50% for large companies, or 67% for SMEs.

How does it work?

The Research Grant Capture Team at NTU will help write the proposal and will deal with all programme administration. The University will work with you to recruit the right graduate, who will project-manage and deliver the challenge, while being fully supported by a specialist academic.

At the end of the KTP, new knowledge and skills will be embedded in your organisation to deliver future growth for your business.

"We saw the development of an intelligent search system as a vital tool to support the growth of our business, and the KTP helped us achieve this. The work we have done has also enabled us to enter into discussions about working together with the University again on future projects, which we believe can give us an edge in a difficult market."
Martin Stephens, Managing Director of PA Images

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