Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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Innovation for business

We are the number 1 university in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), the flagship Innovate UK programme.

If you're looking to develop a new product or improve a process, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) at the University of Essex can give your business a competitive advantage.

KTPs are an established and successful initiative, funded by Innovate UK and Research Councils that bring together businesses with research expertise.

Essex leads on KTPs
  • We're are number 1 in the UK for the number of Innovate UK funded KTPs
  • We have 40 KTPs across eight academic departments
  • Our KTP portfolio is worth £10 million

How it works 

We'll work with you to identify the right team for your project among our academics. Together, we'll then recruit a high-calibre postgraduate who will be based at your company as a research associate and who will manage the project.

They'll have weekly catch-ups with our academics to ensure the project remains on-track, a senior contact in your company will be involved throughout to ensure commercial focus and projects last from six months to three years.

KTPs are sponsored by Innovate UK, research councils and a number of other bodies. Sponsors fund 67% of the project costs for an SME and 50% of the project costs for larger companies.

Understanding the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Process)
Understanding the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Process

The benefits
of partnership

Eligible for R&D tax credits
Our funding approval success rate is 95% for KTP projects
Access to world leading research
Access to highly qualified and motivated graduates
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Read more about KTPs at Essex

Browse our KTP Brochure

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