Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are one of the biggest schemes we fund as part of our commitment to knowledge exchange. The KTP scheme's mission is to strengthen the UK's competitiveness and wealth creation by enabling research organisations to apply their research knowledge to important business problems.

Background and aims

At the heart of each KTP is a relationship between a company/organisation and staff in a knowledge base institution. The institution's staff apply their expertise to a project that will help the development of their collaborative partner. The project is carried out by an associate (a recent graduate or postgraduate), who also benefits from an organised training programme. In the process, the business relevance of the knowledge base institution is enhanced.

Innovate UK have produced a brochure that describes how KTPs can help to innovate and grow your business:

KTP funding

The KTP scheme is supported by a number of sponsors, the largest of which is Innovate UK, who are responsible for managing the scheme. Other Research Councils are also involved as are the Welsh Government and The Scottish Government. Participating businesses and organisational partners also contribute to each project.

ESRC funding criteria

We will support highly innovative KTP projects to exchange knowledge, skills and/or technology arising from excellent social science. Priority will be given to KTPs with businesses and with civil society organisations, and with public sector organisations where there is a clear demonstration of social science being used in a new way.

You can see the overarching funding criteria for KTPs and the research council criteria on the KTP website:

Dissemination of impacts and outcomes

We actively encourage KTPs to engage with other stakeholders to disseminate results, impacts and outcomes.

KTP blogs

The following blogs are by KTP assosciates receiving ESRC funding.

KTP case studies

The following case studies provide examples of the range of ESRC-funded KTP projects and their wider impact.