Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - Working with IISE - University of Derby

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnership at Derby

Innovation through collaboration

Access government funding for your strategic business project

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership, or 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:

  • Improving existing products or developing new products
  • Developing and implementing a marketing strategy to enter new markets
  • Developing new systems and frameworks to improve efficiencies in staff and processes

Who can apply?

  • Businesses of any size who can demonstrate financial viability
  • Businesses in any sector, including not-for-profit and public sector organisations

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 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 who 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 my business get?

  • A dedicated Associate to work on the project full time
  • Academic support for two days per month
  • Access to the full range of equipment, resources and libraries held at the University

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 an R&D 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 597 815 or email

Contact us

Get in touch to discuss your KTP project

Dr Amanda Baxendale
Call 01332 597 815

Some of the companies we're working with:

EPM working with IISE
MSE Hiller