Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) for academics

What is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership?

KTP is a world-leading programme that helps businesses succeed by connecting them to the UK's rich academic resources. Part-funded by government, it's a partnership between a business seeking expertise, an academic institution (such as University of Plymouth) and a recently qualified graduate/postgraduate - known as the KTP Associate.

Any business can apply. To succeed, the project needs to be strategic in its aim, can vary in length between 12 and 36 months and have the potential to transform the business whilst demonstrating impact for the institution's research. The Associate will work full-time at the company location, jointly supervised to work on the key project objectives in transferring knowledge and delivering innovation for the business.   

The benefits of taking part in a KTP

For academics bringing their knowledge and expertise to KTP projects, the benefits are wide-ranging, making a difference and transforming lives with research excellence. It enables academics to show the impact of their research that can be translated into teaching, explore collaborations with other disciplines and tap into a source of research income. Plymouth KTP activity contributed £4.1m income towards the REF 2008.

  • academic partners produce on average more than three new research projects and two research papers for each project
  • develop a strong impact case study and generate income for the REF
  • produce high-quality journal and conference papers
  • identify new research themes and undergraduate/postgraduate projects
  • contribute to SRA funds.
“The KTP with C3 Resources is a collaboration with colleagues from the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics. The practical, commercial issues that drive a KTP project mean that this collaboration is specific and focused, and truly explores the interaction between the fields of building energy studies and computation. While the project is still gathering momentum there are obvious possibilities to create spin-off academic papers in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals. In terms of teaching, the KTP provides me with new insights and examples from practice. Even better, the company partner delivered a guest lecture to my stage 2 students, which went down very well. As a result, one student is even exploring the possibility of a placement year with the company.”
Dr Pieter de Wilde, Reader, School of Architecture, Design and Environment, University of Plymouth.

How much will it cost?

KTP projects are delivered on a full economic cost basis, which means that the 10% of the academic supervisor's time (committed for each KTP project) is 100% funded. The KTP academic team should collectively expect to commit half a day a week to support the KTP.

Am I eligible?

KTP academic supervisors are normally expected to be full or part-time employees of the University of Plymouth who are involved in teaching activities. KTP projects are expected to be academically challenging, therefore nominated KTP academic supervisors must be available and committed to the project’s delivery, including regular visits to the business and attendance of project meetings.

Speak to a member of the team

For further information, please contact one of the team on 0800 0525600 or by email at