Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a programme designed to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology and skills.  A KTP is a three-way project partnership between a business, Keele University and a recently-qualified high-calibre graduate known as the Associate.

By working with Keele University your business will gain:

  • A full-time high-calibre graduate to spearhead a new innovation and growth project
  • Ongoing bespoke business support from an expert academic employed by Keele University
  • Access to the University’s extensive resources, including facilities and skills
  • A tailor-made strategic business development project with high levels of innovation to meet your company’s needs
  • Access to a travel, equipment and training budget of up to £5,750 for the graduate whilst working on the project


Up to 67% of the total KTP budget is met by Government funding. The remaining business contributions for a typical two-year programme range from £30,000-£45,000 (plus VAT) per annum, depending on the size of the company and project. In certain cases, the KTP may also be eligible for Research and Development tax credits.


For more information on the opportunities available, please contact one of the Business Gateway team:

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"The KTP project has influenced the company far beyond its original aim. We have now expanded our range of infra-red products that better suit the needs of our clients and have a responsive capacity to keep up with demand"

Dr Deiter Guhl, Managing Director, Keeling and Walker

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Updated June 2018

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