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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)


“Impact, Innovation and Challenge is the new call around KTP. Durham University is well placed to answer that call!”

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are a great way for the academic community to access practical business situations to further their research, demonstrate impact and develop new teaching materials.

Typical benefits from KTPs link both to the REF and to teaching at either undergraduate or postgraduate level and can include:


  • increase the impact of your research
  • publishing in peer reviewed journals
  • presenting at conferences
  • supervising a postgraduate research student
  • seminars in the departmental series
  • budget counting towards REF income targets


  • Student projects, undergraduate or post graduate
  • Case study materials based on the project
  • Material for problem solving classes
  • Visiting lecturers from the company
  • Site visits where appropriate

Other benefits from Durham KTPs

The above benefits can be predicted easily but other things can arise. Here are some recent examples fom Durham.

  • CASE studentships developed
  • spin out company started by academic and company teams
  • another KTP with the company  
  • collaborative research projects undertaken
  • An RA fully funded by the company partner

Two academics are named in the application with support from others as required. The Academic Supervisor spends the equivalent of half a day a week on the project, usually at the company premises, (there is money in the budget to cover this) and training is provided.

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Over 900 KTPs are happening at any one time across 100 Universities and other Knowledge Base Partners. Research Councils as well as government departments sponsor KTPs as a way of finding practical outlets for research