Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)


How it works 

Find out more about the KTP programme and key responsibilities from each partner.

Business benefits

Find out about the fantastic benefits from taking part in a KTP.

Graduate opportunities

The KTP programme recruits a high calibre graduate for the duration of the project.

Our track record

See examples of our past KTP projects.

DMU working with Airbus

Take a look at our collaborative partnership with Airbus.


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) is Europe's leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness by enabling companies to work with higher education or research and technology organisations to obtain knowledge, technology or skills which they consider to be of strategic competitive importance. The UK-wide programme is overseen by Innovate UK the UK's innovation agency, and supported by 16 other public sector funding organisations.

Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency. It works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. 

The programme is designed to support and help businesses improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance. It is widely regarded as the most successful grant-funding initiative available to UK businesses today.

DMU has a long history of successfully managing and completing KTPs, having generated more than 100 projects, working with companies from a wide variety of sectors and industries. Through the KTP programme, companies are able to tap into cutting-edge university expertise, and gain access to high achieving graduate employees.

Take a look at how the partnerships work and the benefits your company can expect.


'The KTP has had a significant positive impact on APSE by building research skills and capacity in our organisation and allowing us to enhance engagement at a senior level with our membership.'

Paul O'Brien, Chief Executive, APSE

Innovate UK

Launched in 1975 as Teaching Companies Scheme (TCS), the now known Knowledge Transfer Partnerships had since been managed by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) since 2007.

Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board - the UK's innovation agency, accelerating economic growth.

Knowing that taking a new idea to market is a challenge, Innovate UK fund, support and connect innovative businesses through a unique mix of people and programmes to accelerate sustainable economic growth.

The KTP programme is currently part-funded by fifteen Government organisations, coordinated via Innovate UK. This enables your business to gain from government funding, by offsetting the balance of the costs.

DMU's 100th Successful KTP Project

Working with lingerie company, Curvy Kate.

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