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Durham Business & Innovation Services

KTP for Academics

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a national scheme run and funded by Innovate UK with additional funding from all the research councils and several government departments. The central aim is to improve the competitiveness and wealth creation of businesses by using the knowledge, technology and skills that are within the University. KTPs are also a great way for the academics to achieve Impact from their research.

Benefits for Academics

KTPs generate

  • Papers (typically 2), journal articles and conference presentations
  • Impact case studies
  • Research income
  • Student projects (typically 3)
  • New research themes and teaching material
  • Access to real world data
  • A deeper understanding of business needs

The academic team usually consists of two or more academics who support a recent graduate (referred to as a KTP Associate) supervising and guiding them to deliver the project over 1-3 years. Depending on the nature and academic level of the project, associate may have a Bachelors, Masters or PhD qualification when they are recruited onto the KTP project.

Each partnership would be supported by the KTP team at Durham University and they provide guidance and administrative assistance.