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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

The  Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme is a part government-funded initiative run through Innovate UK to allow a UK registered business or not-for-profit organisation to partner with a knowledge base (such as a university or research organisation) to harness expert knowledge, technology and research, to support the business or not-for-profit to improve their processes, products or outputs via an innovative project. Each Knowledge Transfer Partnership is project managed by a KTP Associate – a talented graduate or postgraduate.  We would like to hear from knowledge bases who are in a position to form a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with FRAME to help develop and disseminate replacements or alternatives to animal research methods. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships offer a different route to explore and address barriers or opportunities to help replace animal research.

We would like to ensure that useful outputs from a Knowledge Transfer Partnership involving FRAME would be widely disseminated and shared to have maximum impact. 

If you represent a knowledge base and would be interested in partnering with FRAME to apply for partnership funding from Innovate UK, we would like to hear from you. Please complete the expression of interest form below.

There is no specific deadline,  Innovate UK accepts applications every two months. 


How does a Knowledge Transfer Partnership work?

It is a three-way partnership between: 

  • UK-based business of any size including not-for-profit organisations such as social enterprises and charities 
  • Knowledge base. This could be a university, college, research and technology organisation or Catapult in the UK 
  • Suitably qualified graduate or postgraduate, with the capability to lead a strategic business project. 

The knowledge base works with FRAME, the business, to: 

  • Develop the project 
  • Provide academic input 
  • Recruit a suitable graduate, known as an associate.
  • The knowledge base will act as the employer of the associate, who then works at the business for the majority of the project. 

A project can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on the challenge and the needs of the ‘business’. It is part-funded by a grant to deliver a package of support valued at around £80,000 – £100,000 per year. This includes the costs of: 

  • The academic team 
  • Project consumables 
  • The associate’s salary 
  • Mentoring, training and development 
  • Travel and subsistence. 

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership typically pays 75% of project costs for not-for-profit or charitable organisations such as FRAME, and so in the above example, FRAME would contribute £20,000 – £25,000 of the costs.

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