Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 4

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 4
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Funding type: Grant
Total fund: Up to £8 million
Award: £75,000 per year
Publication date: 11 October 2021
Period: Monday 4 October 2021 - 1 December 2021 11:00am

UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £8million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits.



  • Competition opens: Monday 4 October 2021

  • Competition closes: Wednesday 1 December 2021 11:00am 


The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme allows a UK registered business or not-for-profit organisation (which we will refer to collectively as the ‘business partner’ from now on) to partner with a UK higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, RTO or Catapult (which we will refer to as the ‘knowledge base partner’).


Are consider partially funding project costs of any amount if we judge the costs to be appropriate. Typically, projects cost no more than £75,000 per year. A proportion of this will be paid by the business partner.


Each KTP is a partnership between the following:



  • a UK knowledge base, acting as lead organisation and submitting the application

  • a UK registered business or not-for-profit organisation


Your project can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on the project requirements.


KTP does not support projects with public sector organisations.


The knowledge base partner must lead the project and must:



  • be a UK registered higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, RTO or Catapult

  • invite one UK registered business of any size or not-for-profit organisation into the Innovation Funding Service

  • invite one knowledge transfer adviser

  • not act in any way to gain selective commercial or economic advantage from the outputs of the project

  • recruit associate roles in a demonstrably open and fair manner

  • allow associates to carry out the majority of the project at the business partner’s premises

  • provide academic support for the associate

  • make sure the application is completed and submitted before the competition closes


Your business partner must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the knowledge base partner to collaborate on a project. When the business partner accepts their invitation, they will need to:



  • login or create an account

  • enter estimates of their own project costs, which may be updated as part of the final reporting process


Business partners cannot work alone. They must develop the project with a knowledge base of their choice. 


To collaborate with the knowledge base, the business partner must:



  • be a UK registered business, of any size, or a not-for-profit organisation

  • have more than 2 employees

  • demonstrate its ability to financially support its contribution to the project

  • accept an invitation from a knowledge base to participate in a project and complete their parts of the application form

  • provide details of their financial accounts from the past 3 years

  • provide supervisory support for the associate

  • host the associate


Typically Innovate UK and its supporters fund projects at:



The business partner in your application must also provide funding. The amount depends on the:



  • total eligible project costs

  • duration of the project

  • size of the business

  • registered location of the business

  • location of the project


Additionally, the business partner must fund:



  • the time spent on the project by their own staff

  • other non-eligible costs such as the purchase of capital equipment

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