Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are a part government funded programme helping businesses to meet a core strategic need and identify innovative solutions that achieve business grow.

Each KTP has three elements – a UK business, an academic partner, and a KTP Associate (a suitably qualified graduate or post graduate employed to the project).

The KTP Associate leads the project with full support and input from the business and academic teams, enabling a business to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic, innovative project.

Why get involved?


KTP is designed to encourage innovation, help produce new products/services and increase productivity that is tailored to a company’s specific need. Through KTP, a business can access world-class knowledge and know-how from the university, bring new skills into your business to achieve a core strategic ambition.


Working on a KTP is rewarding, broadens expertise, and provides new opportunities to apply research theories. It can also be a useful tool to prove the impact of research activity.


When appointed as a KTP Associate you get to ‘own’ your own project, giving you the opportunity to manage a project central to a business’s strategic development and making a real difference to that company. Alongside the opportunities within the company, there is also coaching, mentoring and a personal training budget, as well as offering a competitive salary.

Outstanding Example

Read more about University of Portsmouth graduate Jake Piner who was recently selected as the Young Engineer of the Year, recognising his work on an ‘Outstanding’ rated KTP in collaboration with InTandem Systems Ltd. Jake was recognised for his work on building energy management systems for energy saving. You can find the news story here.

For more information

If you would like to find out more about KTPs please contact the Business Engagement Team by emailing or calling 023 9284 6191.