Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Helping your business

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a way for your business to access government funding in order to develop a relationship with the University of Derby to work on a project central to your strategic business needs.

The partnership enables your business to access cutting edge technology and equipment, highly qualified academics, and a dedicated, recently graduated individual to spearhead and drive the project through to successful completion.

Examples of KTP projects include:

Who can apply?

What does it cost?

A project lasting two years will cost in the region of £120,000 (or £60,000 per year). For an SME (small and medium-sized enterprise), the funding from the Technology Strategy Board will pay two thirds of the project, so the annual cost to the business will be in the region of £20,000.

Larger companies that employ more than 250 people receive funding to pay for half of the project, so the annual cost will be in the region of £30,000.

What does your business get?

Funding also covers travel, subsistence, equipment and consumables for use on the project, and a training and development budget for the Associate.

Who we're working with

We're already working with companies across our region to support business growth and innovation with a KTP including RVEL, EPM Technology, MSE Hiller and TBAT Innovation.

RVEL were looking to embed capability relating to advanced engineering and product development, to develop their wireless communication capabilities and create a research-and-development and innovation culture to support business growth.

Andy Lynch, MD of RVEL, says: "The KTP creates a great opportunity to combine cutting edge systems monitoring and interrogation techniques with railway expertise. The outcome we expect is a robust engineering solution that improves reliability and safety of the rail network.”

Find out more

Contact Dr Amanda Baxendale on 01332 597815 or email