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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and ensuring the safety and welfare of our associates, staff and students is our priority.

We are working remotely but are still accessible to all our partners, supporting your needs during this challenging time. We appreciate that not all businesses will have the capability to run a Knowledge Transfer Partnership at this time.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

New KTP opportunities

Innovate UK and funders are still receiving applications for new projects, with competition dates open as usual.

Welsh Government funding for Welsh SMEs

In the current difficult economic environment, Welsh Government has announced that they will contribute 75% towards the total costs of KTP projects that meet eligibility criteria and are approved for participation in the KTP programme.

See our Funding and Costs page for more information.

Management KTPS

Alongside the standard KTP sits the mKTP, designed to inject significant management expertise that expands business capability, increases productivity and flexibility and enables lasting change and growth.

To find out more please contact Paul Thomas at Thomasp7@cardiff.ac.uk

About KTPs

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.

A KTP is part-funded by a grant. You will need to contribute to the salary of the Associate who will work with your business, plus the cost of a supervisor who will oversee the scheme.

The amount you will need to contribute depends on the scale and length of the project. It will also depend on the size of your company. Typically:

  • small and medium-sized enterprises contribute around £30,000 per year, about one-third of the project costs
  • large businesses contribute around £45,000 per year, or half of the project costs.

Benefits to your 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

Eligibility

The scheme is open to private and third sector organisations and the company:

  • ​Must have at least four employees
  • Been running for at least two years
  • KTP proposals from large companies (over 250 employees) should seek to facilitate the involvement of SMEs within their supply chain

You will need to supply the last two year's audited accounts and latest period management accounts to facilitate assessment of liquidity and profitability to confirm that the company can 'afford' the cost of the KTP.

Get involved

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