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Submission Dates and Themed Calls

There are six submission dates for KTP funding throughout the year. Submission dates for 2014 have now closed. 


Dates for 2015:


11th February 2015

15th April 2015

17th June 2015

19th August 2015

30th September 2015

18th November 2015


Themed Calls for Action

Throughout the year Innovate UK and other funding organisations run themed calls for KTPs to stimulate KTPs within the funding organisations' priority areas. 


Current calls:


Agri-food funding competition

Up to £2.3m is going to be invested over the next couple of years in KTP projects that are specifically in the agri-food sector by Innovate UK together with Defra, Invest Northern Ireland, Scottish Funding Council and Welsh Government.

Innovate UK, along with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Invest Northern Ireland, Scottish Funding Council and Welsh Government are to invest up to £2.3m to establish KTPs that will improve the competitiveness, resilience and responsiveness of the agri-food supply chain. 

The aim of this initiative is to give businesses access to the UK knowledge base so that they can develop innovative solutions to global challenges facing the agri-food sector. Funders are looking to support up to 25 KTPs through this competition.

Its scope spans primary production, including aquaculture, through to retail. This competition will provide new opportunities for open innovation and knowledge exchange across supply chains and sectors. It will help companies to mitigate commercial risk and improve business performance – and to achieve growth as a result.  

The Biotechnology and Biological Research Council (BBSRC), Food Standards Agency (FSA), Medical Research Council (MRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will also consider co-funding KTPs on an individual basis.

Closes: 11th February 2015


Innovation in the space sector

Up to £1.3m is going to be invested into 10 to 12 high-quality KTPs that will help businesses in the space technology sector and downstream space economy to exploit UK and global markets.

The aim is for businesses to gain the research-driven knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions, in line with the UK's Space Innovation and Growth Strategy (IGS). Companies will then be better placed to exploit the expanding global space market.

Where businesses are developing ‘upstream' projects in satellite and satellite instrument manufacture, these should generally be aligned with the National Space Technology Strategy.

‘Downstream' projects, including applications, must identify a specific need linked to a defined market/endproduct, or must clearly bridge the gap between upstream development and downstream use.

Funders will also support projects – upstream or downstream – that draw on expertise outside the space sector, such as in the technology of the target market or technology transfer from other domains.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) will consider co-funding KTPs on an individual basis.

Closes: 11th February 2015


Better interactions between people and machines

Up to £1m is going to be invested into 10 KTP projects in the area of user experience (UX). The aim is to encourage new, enhanced forms of interaction between computing systems and the people who use them.

Proposals may address technologies that contribute to these new forms, such as sensing information about the user, or those that improve specific types of experience, such as mobile and wearable devices.

It is part of a £1.5m Innovate UK programme to stimulate innovations in user experience. The KTP competition runs in parallel with a competition for feasibility studies.

Closes: 15th April 2015


How to apply:

For further information on any of these competitions and/or details on how to apply please contact the Cardiff KTP team: