Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Help businesses in the UK to innovate and grow by linking them with an academic or research organisations.

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A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) enables a business to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project.

Taking part in a KTP can help you to develop your business. You can access academic expertise that you don’t have in-house, which can improve your business performance and help you to become more competitive and productive.

KTPs are open to any size business, from SMEs to large multinational corporation.

What you get

A KTP Associate, normally a recent graduate specifically recruited for the role, spends 1-3 years based at your organisation.

They work under the supervision of a Goldsmiths’ academic on a specific strategic project to increase competitiveness and profitability through embedding expertise and know-how.

The KTP Associate works full-time on the project while the Goldsmiths’ academic devotes half a day per week.

We will help to recruit a suitable graduate and we will act as their employer, although they will work at your organisation for the duration of the project.

You also get:

  • Access to the exceptional resources of Goldsmiths
  • A dedicated team to deliver a strategic project
  • Expert academic input bringing a breadth and depth of knowledge to support the graduate and the project
  • The consultancy of a highly experienced Knowledge Transfer Adviser who is there to support and help the project succeed
  • New capabilities and the possibility of embedding knowledge
  • The option of becoming part of the Knowledge Transfer Network

Management KTPs

These are designed to boost business capabilities through embedding management expertise - which numerous Goldsmiths’ academics in both our Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship and Institute of Management Studies are ideally placed to provide.


KPI funding is only available in the UK.

KTPs are funded through Innovate UK who cover 50% of the eligible cost for large companies and 67% for SMEs.

This means a KTP costs roughly the same amount as simply hiring a graduate but with significant added benefits

Applications are developed in conjunction with a dedicated KTP Advisor, which means the success rate is much higher than most funding calls, in some rounds over 90%.

Contact us

If you are interested in learning more or participating in the KTP programme, please email: enterprise (