Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Do you need to improve the competitiveness, productivity and performance of your business?

What would really make a difference to your organisation?

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) enable you to work in a mutually beneficial, grant-funded partnership with our academics or researchers to achieve your strategic goals.

Maybe you have innovative ideas but lack the internal expertise or funding to make them happen. Through the formation of a partnership with the University of Liverpool, our skills and expertise can help you bring those ideas to life.

How does it work?

The agreed KTP project could be for any duration from one to three years, with the overall aim being to assist your business to make a step change in an area that you have identified as high priority.

The knowledge and skills from the University are embedded into the business through the employment of one or more highly skilled graduates (the Associate) backed by an academic mentor. The Associate is recruited jointly at the beginning of the partnership to work specifically on the project, and is employed by the University. The Associate works within your company and is jointly supervised by you and the academic partner.

What does it cost?

KTP is part-funded by a government grant, allowing you to access the expertise you need to innovate whilst being cost effective. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can expect to contribute just under a third of the total project cost (typically around £25,000/annum) whilst large companies would typically pay half of the total cost (typically around £37,000/annum).

What kind of results can I expect?

With such a wide variety of projects undertaken, the outcomes for businesses do vary on a case to case basis. However, on average, the business benefits for a partnership can include:

  • An increase of more than £365k in annual profits before tax
  • The creation of three new jobs, in addition to the recruitment of the Associate
  • An additional 21 staff trained.

In addition, after the completion of a partnership, over 75% of participating businesses plan further collaboration, and go on to invest over £100k in new plant facilities and machinery.

What can you expect from us?

We provide support to all partners involved in a KTP; from your initial enquiry through assistance with grant application to the delivery of the partnership. This includes:

  • Understanding your project requirements and the knowledge gap within the company
  • First check for eligibility – does it meet KTP criteria (is it KTP)?
  • Identifying academic experts with the right knowledge for the partnership
  • Relationship facilitation
  • Intensive support in proposal development
  • Grant preparation & submission
  • Associate recruitment
  • Financial and budget administration (through dedicated Research Support Office)
  • Joint promotion of specific project (Case Studies).

What kind of businesses can take part?

Businesses of all sizes in most industries and commercial sectors can take part. There are some limitations on the type of project and the sectors that can be supported. We will provide guidance on eligibility. KTP is a tried-and-tested scheme from which many companies have previously benefitted.


Knowledge Transfer Partnership case studies:

Dairy cows

Improving dairy calf welfare and lifetime productivity

Tesco worked with Wood Park Farm to improve the health and welfare of dairy calves and cows.

Read the full case study

PolyPhotonIx

PolyPhotonix

Using OLEDs as a primary care intervention for the treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy and Age-related Macular Degeneration.

Read the full case study