Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are designed to help encourage growth and inject valuable knowledge and expertise into your company.

What is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership?

A partnership is a three-way collaboration between:

  • you (the organisation)
  • a graduate employee, from any university (known as a KTP Associate) who transfers the knowledge you're seeking into your organisation
  • us (ARU, known as the knowledge base). One of our academics will supervise the KTP Associate and offer you consulting support throughout the collaboration.

How will a KTP benefit your business?

By participating in a KTP you can:

  • access our experts and qualified staff to spearhead new projects and grow your business
  • obtain greater market awareness and develop your business for today’s market
  • enhance your organisation’s strategic planning and operational efficiency
  • get assistance with the development and design of new products
  • implement new systems or technology
  • identify and gain access to new markets
  • increase your competitive advantage
  • increase profitability.

Written agreements are drawn up between you and us to make sure you own the intellectual property of the project.

Why partner with us?

We've created 100 graduate-level jobs since 2007 through our KTPs, and have developed a reputation for delivering strategic business solutions.

We've supported the growth of more than 150 companies, delivering on average a return of investment (ROI) of 7:1 for each collaboration. We've also worked successfully with both large companies and small- to medium-size enterprises (SMEs).

Every project is bespoke: we'll work with you to match up your requirements with our experienced academics. Their expertise is wide-ranging and their skills can be applied to many different business situations.

How long does a Knowledge Transfer Partnership last?

Projects can last between 12 and 36 months. Each project is different. We work with you to establish your requirements, which will determine the project's length.

How much does a Knowledge Transfer Partnership cost?

SMEs engaged in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with us can benefit from government funding the covers 67% of the total project costs. The budget for any individual Knowledge Transfer Partnership, and the business contribution to it, depends on the details of the specific partnership. A conservative estimate would be around £25,000 - £30,000. Our team can meet with you and run through what the grant covers, how it's calculated and what other associated costs there may be.

What type of business can take part?

Our typical partner organisations include stable businesses with a strong financial track record who have been trading for at least three years and employ 10 or more people. You'll also be responsible for supporting a graduate, known as a KTP Associate, who will be new to your business.

Any organisation that is a registered UK legal entity and can supply ratified accounts, such as businesses (of all sizes), large not-for-profit organisations, charities, NHS Trusts and councils can take part. We've helped businesses based in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Peterborough grow and prosper.

Learn more about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships on our FAQs page.

Get in touch

We're available to talk through your requirements and assess your business needs, offering advice on the best course of action. 

Tel: +44 (0)1223 695878