Form a fixed-term partnership with the University of Derby to access the skills, funding and expertise you need to help your business develop.

Accelerating business innovation

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) can last for between 12 months and three years and are part-funded by a government grant. You can use a KTP to:

  • Access qualified people to spearhead new projects
  • Access university expertise which can help take your business forward
  • Develop innovative solutions to help your business grow
  • Develop your business for today’s market
  • Increase your competitive advantage
  • Improve your performance/business operations
  • Increase your profitability.

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What is a KTP?

A KTP is a partnership between your organisation (the company), the University (the knowledge base) and a recent graduate (KTP associate). It comes with government funding, which can pay for up to two thirds of the project cost.

A partnership is formed to work on a specific project that addresses a business need. The overall aim of the KTP is to help your business make a step change in an area that you have identified as a high priority.

Working with your organisation, the Associate leverages the knowledge, skills and technology available within the University of Derby, to work on the project. The Associate is closely supervised and supported by an academic expert as well as by someone within your business.

The project possibilities are endless. For example, your project could involve:

  • improving existing products or developing new products
  • developing and implementing a marketing strategy to enter new markets
  • developing new systems and frameworks to improve efficiencies in staff and processes.

If your project is related to improving management practices, you would be suited to a specific Management KTP (MKTP).

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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How does it work?

With our help you will identify an academic or researcher who has the right expertise for your organisation. You will then define and agree a project that will enable you to draw on their expertise and apply it to your business. The agreed project could be for any length of time between 12 months to three years, depending on your business need. 

What types of organisations can apply for a KTP?

Any business sector can apply, including ‘not for profit’ and public sector organisations.

What will it cost my organisation?

A KTP is part-funded by a government grant. A small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) would be expected to contribute about a third of the costs involved in the project — usually at least £25,000 per year.

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Machine learning KTP with Aquis Exchange PLC

Financial technology firm Aquis Exchange PLC are collaborating with the University on a research and development project based around machine learning.

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Measuring the economic impact of Chatsworth House

Through a two-year KTP, we are helping Chatsworth House — one of the country’s most popular stately homes — to measure its economic impact.

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Management KTPs (MKTPs)

Just like traditional KTPs, MKTPs create a three-way partnership between your company, a team of academic experts and a skilled graduate. However, the focus with MKTPs is on improving management practices.

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Contact us

To find out more about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships:

T: +44 (0)1332 597815