Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 4 UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £8million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits. Eligibility To lead a project your organisation must: be a UK registered higher education or further education institution, research and technology organisation (RTO) or Catapult collaborate with a UK registered business, of any size, or a not-for-profit organisation The business must contribute to the project’s costs. Open now Opened: 4 October 2021 Closes: 1 December 2021
Programme: Innovate Uk
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme allows a UK registered business or not-for-profit organisation (which we will refer to collectively as the ‘business partner’ from now on) to partner with a UK higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, RTO or Catapult (which we will refer to as the ‘knowledge base partner’).
This new partnership brings new skills and the latest academic thinking into the business partner to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project. The knowledge base partner will recruit 1 or 2 graduates (known as ‘associates’) to work on the project.
Each application must be led by a knowledge base, working with a business partner. If you are from a knowledge base that has not yet developed a project, get started by reading the KTP guidance. If you are from a business, contact the Knowledge Transfer Network.
By applying for this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. The competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated. It takes time to prepare an application. If yours will not be ready before the close date, please apply to a later round.Visit the KTP website to find out more about the programme and the current roles available for graduates.
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)
We will consider partially funding project costs of any amount if we judge the costs to be appropriate. Typically, projects cost no more than £75,000 per year. A proportion of this will be paid by the business partner.
This award is provided on a no subsidy basis. This means you must publish or make all project outputs openly available on a non-selective basis. If you decide to commercially exploit project outputs, you can only do so with no selective advantage.
Each KTP is a partnership between the following:
Your project can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on the project requirements.
KTP does not support projects with public sector organisations.
Knowledge base partner
The knowledge base partner cannot work alone.
The knowledge base partner must lead the project and must:
Your business partner must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the knowledge base partner to collaborate on a project. When the business partner accepts their invitation, they will need to:
Business partners cannot work alone. They must develop the project with a knowledge base of their choice. We encourage business partners to approach knowledge bases directly.
To collaborate with the knowledge base, the business partner must:
We use the term ‘business partner’ for both businesses and not-for-profit organisations.
The knowledge base partner and the business partner must sign a joint commitment statement.
You must deliver an exploitation plan during your project. By completing all sections of the application form you will have completed your initial exploitation plan.
Subcontractors are not allowed in this competition.
‘No subsidy’ status is only granted to organisations which declare that they will not use the funding:
It is the responsibility of the lead organisation to make sure all collaborators in the project remain compliant with these requirements.
It is important to note that it is the activity that an organisation is engaged in as part of the project and not its intentions, that define whether any support provided could be considered a subsidy.
If you are unsure about your obligations under the UK Subsidy Control regime you should take independent legal advice. We cannot advise on individual eligibility or legal obligations.
If there are any changes to the above requirements that mean we need to change the terms of this competition, we will tell you as soon as possible.
We will consider partially funding project costs of any amount if we judge the costs to be appropriate. Typically, projects cost about £75,000 per year.
Contribution from Innovate UK
Innovate UK has allocated up to £8million in this round of the KTP programme, which will contribute towards the total costs of the individual projects.
Your project may be supported wholly or in part by one or more of the KTP supporters. You can ask to receive financial support from a specific supporter in your application.
KTP is financially supported by:
Typically Innovate UK and its supporters fund projects at:
Contribution from the business partner
The business partner in your application must also provide funding. The amount depends on the:
Additionally, the business partner must fund:
Number of applications
Each knowledge base can collaborate on any number of applications.
Each business partner (including separate businesses within a business group) can take part in up to 4 KTP funded projects at any one time.
Additional applications may be allowed at the discretion of the programme manager.
You must provide justification by email to email@example.com at least 20 working days before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve your request.
Previously submitted applications
You cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
We will not award you funding if you have:
This competition provides funding that is not classed by Innovate UK as a subsidy. You should still seek independent legal advice on what this means for you, before applying.