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KTP Mission. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is Europe’s leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. .

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ktp mission
KTP Mission

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is Europe’s leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base.

Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, presenting the Overall Winning Partnership Award to Cherry Pipes Limited at Innovate ‘11

what is ktp
What is KTP?

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime…

Lao Tzu

programme size
Programme Size


Grants committed


Business contributions


Live partnerships

(includes classic and shorter KTPs)


Live projects

(includes 199 shorter KTPs)

Data from 2010/11 Annual Report

location of business partner
Location of Business Partner

Number of Partnerships











Total 1025

Northern Ireland


North East




North West


Yorkshire & The Humber



Northern Ireland



East Midlands


West Midlands








South West


South East


Data from 2010/11 Annual Report

size of enterprise
Size of Enterprise

>250 Employees (19%)

<10 Employees (27%)

10-49 Employees (35%)

50-249 Employees(19%)

Data from 2010/11 Annual Report


KTP Essential Features


Can it afford it?

Project supports business plan?

Can it exploit project?

Can it develop Associate?

Fully support Partnership

More competitive company

Company-based project

Strategically important

Vital knowledge missing

Better Research, Teaching, Placements etc

Transfer and “embedding” of knowledge

Vital knowledge


What skills are needed?

Will they be stretched?

Well developed “Manager of the Future”


Has it got missing knowledge?

Can it benefit from project?

business benefits
Business Benefits

Benefits per Associate project

  • Increase in annual profit before tax ~ £240,000
  • Investment in plant and machinery ~ £106,000
  • New jobs created 2
  • Business staff trained 15
  • New research projects initiated 3
  • Commercial benefits from application of IP ~ 27%
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Business Benefits

Long-term, strategic relationship with KB partner

Recruitmentof the ‘right’ people

Transferof knowledge/


Embeddingof innovation culture

knowledge base benefits
Knowledge Base Benefits
  • Knowledge Base
  • Income (£125K per project)
  • Published papers (2 per project)
  • Teaching materials, case studies and projects (84%)
  • New research themes – commercial relevance (75%)
  • Staff development – commercial awareness (96%)
  • Higher degree registrations
  • Graduate career opportunities
  • Exploitation of IP developed during project (27% expect commercial benefits)
  • Strategic relationship with business (74%)
associate benefits
Associate Benefits
  • Associate
  • Competitive salary
  • Part of one of the country’s largest graduate recruitment schemes
  • Employment within the chosen academic discipline
  • Fast-track career development
  • Opportunity to register for higher degree during project
  • 73% of Associates are offered employment by the host business
  • Training and development to National Management Standards
the features of ktp
The Features of KTP

Project length of between 6 months and 3 years

Associates jointly recruited by KB and Business partners

The Associate is employed by the KB partner

Project located at business premises with business supervisor

KB Supervisor spends approx. half a day per week at the business premises

project criteria
Project Criteria

Innovative project of clear strategic relevance to the business

Sound business case

Clear knowledge transfer

Stimulating and challenging for all three partners

Demonstrating a step change in innovation

Quantifiable impact for all three partners

Clear additionality

partnerships at qub
Partnerships at QUB
  • More than 300 Partnerships
  • Mainly local companies
  • >150 academics involved
  • Various Schools and Departments
    • Engineering
    • Science – Food, Agriculture, Geography, Psychology
    • Pharmacy, Medicine
    • Management and Marketing
    • Commercial Centres of Excellence – Polymers, Environmental, Engineering etc
industrial sectors clusters
Industrial Sectors/ Clusters
  • Polymer companies
  • Textile companies
  • Software companies
  • Pharmacy companies
  • Environmental management - Flagship Programmes
  • Quality management - Supply chain
  • Manufacturing – lean and quality, design
  • Aerospace Industry – most recent
ktp funding available
KTP Funding Available
  • Following recent Review & Economic Appraisal:
  • Announcement April 2012
  • Total budget for KTP in NI ~ £13M over 5 years
  • ~ 60 rolling KTPs
  • Current total in NI = 36
  • Current QUB Total = 24
large company involvement
Large Company Involvement
  • TSB - focus funding on supporting SMEs, particularly those which show high growth potential.
  • Participation by large companies is conditional upon them demonstrating they draw in and facilitate involvement of supply chain companies and SMEs.
the process
The Process

Contact the KTP & Business Networks Office – marriage broker


  • Company visit – check eligibility
  • Complete an outline form (2 pages and includes company accounts)
  • Support to facilitate completion of the full proposal
    • liaises with the KTP Adviser and various sponsors
    • leads the recruitment process
    • sets up and attends all LMC meetings
    • ensures all reports are submitted and on time!
    • provides all financial management and reporting
case studies
Case Studies

Seven Technologies Ltd& the Northern Ireland Technology Centre, QUB

NI Regional Winner 2012

Aim: Embed an integrated, effective, cost efficient design and manufacture process for electronic systems and enclosures, develop in-house capability and provide faster and cheaper customer responses.


The Business

The Associate

The Academic Partner

  • Expansion into new markets and collaboration with larger companies
  • Increased skills and capabilities including a database of design features
  • Increased levels of customer satisfaction and faster response times
  • New staff recruited and all employees trained in new systems, techniques and procedures.
  • Established a strong mechanical engineering department
  • Developed a wide range of skills in project and people management
  • Completed a number of training courses including an NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Management
  • Accepted full time role in the company leading the mechanical engineering team
  • Expertise gained in new materials, fastening solutions and manufacturing techniques
  • The company design manual is now used as an example of best practice in undergraduate teaching modules
  • 2 student placements completed, one of whom is now a full time employee
  • Follow on KTP approved with ECIT
seven technologies ltd qub
Seven Technologies Ltd & QUB

Winner of the Northern Ireland Regional KTP Award 2012

“Winning the Northern Ireland Regional Award for our KTP is the icing on what has been a very successful time for us. The KTP has exceeded our expectations as it has enabled us to acquire new knowledge at a cost effective rate, and embed it in our staff and day to day operations.”

Gavin Williamson, Chief Executive of Seven Technologies Ltd

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Case Studies

Cherry Pipes Ltd & the Polymer Processing Research Centre, QUB

Best UK Partnership 2011

Aim: To develop a more scientific approach to pipe extrusion, implementing quality improvements, rapid factory expansion and an in-house design capability

cherry pipes ltd qub
Cherry Pipes Ltd & QUB

“The Scheme is excellent value for money and is a great way to boost your ability to innovate”

Stefan Cherry, Business Development Director

“The KTP programme gave me the knowledge and expertise that I required to move from being a technically competent graduate to a member of the senior management team in an exciting, technically challenging company”

Paul Beaney, Technical Manager and former KTP Associate


The Business

The Associates

The Academic Partner

  • £0 spend on Research in 2006; >£200k in 2010
  • Leader of a Framework 7 Partnership.
  • New waste initiatives increased turnover by £125k.
  • New testing and analysis laboratory set up.
  • Acquired new plastics recycling facility.
  • Staff numbers increased from 20 to 60.
  • Both Associates appointed to senior managerial positions within the company.
  • Instrumental in providing advice and technical knowledge to the company.
  • Delivered workshops, masterclasses, seminars and technical conference presentations.
  • Awarded £250k through HEIF to expand collaborative activities with the local polymer processing industry.
  • 4 joint papers published
  • 2-3 undergraduate and postgraduate research projects carried out each year.
contact us

Dr Mary FlynnKTP & Business Networks Research & Enterprise Directorate

Tel.:028 9097 3972Email:

Contact us

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