Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a three-way collaboration between a university, company and a graduate working on a project central to the needs of the company for a period of one to three years.

At Birkbeck, we can help you develop new products, services and processes, which could result in your business's improved performance and increased profitability.


  • A KTP is part-funded by a Government grant.
  • A small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) would be expected to contribute about a third of the costs involved in the project. To give you some idea, the average annual contribution to a project for an SME would be from around £20,000. This contributes to the costs of the Knowledge Base Supervisor and Associate employment and development.
  • Your contribution to the costs of the project not only gives you the services of your KTP Associate, but also the time and expertise of the academics or researchers working with you, and, in the case of a long-term strategic KTP, expert guidance from a KTP Adviser.


  • Short KTP: this usually lasts between 10 and 40 weeks and should address a tactical issue. The associate may already be employed by your organisation or by Birkbeck, which can reduce the application’s timescales and allow for the project to be delivered faster.
  • Classic KTP: this will last between one and two years and should address a more strategic issue, which will ultimately improve your organisation’s performance

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