What are Shorter Knowledge Transfer Partnerships?
Shorter KTPs vary in length from 6 months - 12 months depending on the needs of the organisation and the desired outcomes. (Classic KTP is one to three years), Shorter KTPs aim to address shorter-term, tactical business issues (Classic more strategic issues). Projects may be standalone or can lead to, run in parallel with, or follow-on from a classic KTP. Partnerships may have more than one shorter KTP running consecutively or concurrently.
Cardiff University manages a portfolio of KTP’s across the United Kingdom.
What are the benefits to my organisation?
Shorter KTPs are part-funded by the Government, and are a cost effective method of:
- Accessing highly qualified people to spearhead new projects
- Accessing experts who can help take your organisation forward
- Developing innovative solutions to help your organisation grow
Once a KTP Project is defined between a business and academic experts, a proposal funding application is prepared, led by a Project Manager from the KTP Office.
Upon funding, a graduate recruitment campaign is agreed and managed by the KTP Office. Employed by Cardiff University, the KTP Associate works in the business day to day focused on delivering the agreed project plan and also undertakes a development programme. The academic team transfer their knowledge and supervise the KTP Associate. The KTP Office continues to handle project and financial administration, project management and HR. There are regular project and management meetings to ensure the business objectives are delivered and that the knowledge transfer is embedded.
Shorter KTPs are appropriate for independent micro-sized organisations and small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), which have the potential for growth and have a project requiring expertise not available within the organisation. Depending on the individual criteria of the funding organisation, some large enterprises, public sector and third sector organisations may also be eligible.