Form a partnership with the University of Derby to access the skills and expertise needed to help your business develop.

Accelerating business innovation

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) last for between six months and three years and are part funded by a government grant. You can:

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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What is KTP?

A KTP is a partnership between your organisation (the company), the University (the knowledge base) and a recent graduate (KTP associate). The focus is a specific project designed to address a business need.

Working with your organisation, the Associate leverages the knowledge, skills and technology available within the University of Derby under the close supervision and support of an academic expert. This is applied to the KTP project to support your company development.

The project possibilities are endless. Examples include:

How does it work?

With our help you will identify an academic or researcher who has the right expertise for your organisation. You will then define and agree a project that will enable you to draw on their expertise and apply it to your business. The agreed project could be for any length of time between 12 months to 3 years, depending on your business need. 

The overall aim of the KTP is to help your business make a step change in an area that you have identified as a high priority.

What types of organisations can apply for a KTP?

Any business sector, including ‘not for profit’ and public sector organisations can apply.

What will it cost my organisation?

A KTP is part-funded by a Government grant. A small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) would be expected to contribute about a third of the costs involved in the project.

The average annual contribution to a project for an SME would be from around £25,000.

Who we've worked with

We’ve worked on KTPs with many companies including Davis Derby, Futures Housing, XAD Communications and TBAT Innovation.

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Management KTPs

Just like our highly effective KTP programme, Management KTPs (MKTPs) create a dynamic 3-way partnership between your company, a team of academic experts and a skilled graduate.

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