Knowledge Transfer Partnership

What is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership?

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KPT) is a UK-wide 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.


What are the benefits for my business?

By working with Keele University, your business will gain:

Average benefits from a single KTP, based on the latest information from Innovate UK, show that your business could benefit from:


What will it cost my business?

Up to 67% of the total KTP budget is met by Government funding.  Company contributions for a typical two-year programme start from £22,500 + VAT per annum, depending on the company’s size and/or turnover.  In certain cases the KTP may be eligible for Research and Development tax credits.


Is my business eligible for a KTP?

As projects are part-funded, there are criteria which must be met.  Please contact us to assess your eligibility.


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Contact us

To find out more about how your company could benefit from a KTP at Keele University, please contact Keele University's Business Gateway on 01782 733001, email or visit