Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

If you're a UK business, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) enable you to access our expertise and employ graduates to work on projects of strategic need to your company, and to improve competitiveness, productivity and performance.

What is a KTP?

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a three-way partnership between your organisation, a graduate and Cardiff University. Part-funded by the government, the scheme provides access to academic skills and expertise to businesses who wish to innovate, expand or improve their performance. 

The partnership involves one or more qualified persons (Associates) to facilitate this transfer of skills and expertise. They work within your organisation on a project central to your needs and are jointly supervised by company personnel and a senior academic.

What are the benefits to my business?

A KTP offers an alternative option to consultancy or student placements, leading to a wide range of benefits including:

  • increased profitability
  • improved performance
  • competitive advantage
  • process enhancement
  • reduction in costs

We have an extensive track record of successful KTPs and award-winning projects.

We received great support from the University, enhancing our knowledge throughout the development of this research area but also practically, embedding capability that enables us to continue to produce innovative products and remain UK market leader. Working with Cardiff University has enabled us to be an integral part of innovative research.

Guy Braverman, Director and Co-Founder of GAMA Healthcare

Is my business eligible?

KTPs can be undertaken by:

  • Stable companies of all sizes from all industrial sectors across the UK
  • Charities and not-for-profit organisations
  • Education institutions (LEAs and schools)
  • Health organisations (hospitals and NHS Trusts).


A KTP may not be appropriate for every business. Very small businesses or very recent start-ups may not have the capacity to provide support for the Associate or the resources to commit to the project. Our KTP team will provide advice and guidance during the early discussions about the project, and will clarify whether the sponsors will be satisfied with the financial viability of your business, to ensure that your time isn’t wasted. If a KTP is not viable the team will discuss and propose alternative options.

How do I get involved? 

If you are interested in exploring a KTP then please contact us.