KTP: Funding, academic knowledge & graduate – all in one Programme!



The government backed Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Programme has been supporting industry over forty years, embedding knowledge and technology to create more competitive and productive businesses




Anglia Ruskin University’s (ARU) involvement in the programme has seen it deliver projects ranging from the application of artificial intelligence, innovative software modelling, bringing alive archives though immersive technology, through to introducing biometric testing, engaging new agile manufacturing techniques and developing liposomal formulation.

A KTP is essentially a three-way-partnership between a business, an academic team and a highly qualified graduate. It enables your business to:


  • Find a solution to meet a unique problem and achieve your growth aspirations
  • Access world class academics and facilities
  • Recruit a highly qualified graduate to drive your project forward
  • Enhance your competitive advantage
  • Boost your profitability
  • Offset programme costs through government funding
ARU will establish an academic team that best suits your business needs and will support you in developing a project that is transformational for your organisation.


They will work with you to recruit a graduate to embed this new capability, employed by us but based within your organisation under your terms and conditions.

The University can work with companies in most sectors and from microbusinesses to large enterprises. They are always keen to talk to new organisations with new ideas and novel approaches.

The basic cost to an SME is around £27,500 (33% of the total grant) per year. For a large company, this will be around £42,000 (50% of the total grant) per year. Projects typically last around 2 years.

Get in touch


If you have a business idea and would like to discuss whether a KTP could help take it forward contact ARU’s Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Manager via email business@aru.ac.uk or ben.hooson@aru.ac.uk.

You can also call ARU on: 01223 695878.

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