A KTP is a three-way collaboration between a business or not-for-profit organisation, an academic team and a qualified graduate. The project can last between 1 to 3 years.
Funded by Innovate UK and Research Councils, KTPs are an established and successful initiative to drive innovation and growth through the transfer of expertise from a university to an external business. They help you explore a new idea or strategy, by adding the outside expertise you need. And with up to £100,000 of the project cost funded, KTPs take the risk out of your growth and innovation strategy.
From scoping through to funding wins, and recruitment of high-quality talent to project completion, we support our business collaborations every step of the way.
Follow our six simple steps below to help you understand if KTPs are right for your company.
Tell us about the challenge facing your business or a project idea you have to drive innovation and growth.
Meet with our KTP team to discuss our research and the area of Essex expertise suitable for your project. Further meetings with our academic experts will help to shape a research agenda focused on delivering your desired outcomes.
Work with us to develop a funding application. KTPs are funded by Innovate UK and Research Councils.
Together we'll recruit a high-calibre postgraduate who will be your research associate. They will manage the KTP project and will be based at your business.
Start your one to three year project, support by the KTP team. You'll have regular catch-ups between your academic, Innovate UK and the senior contact in your business, ensuring the project remains on track.
You will receive support throughout your KTP. Your business will the have the option to explore further university opportunities after your project to help you with commercialisation and embedding.
KTPs help you gain a competitive edge and ultimately improve profitability through:
"Our partnership with the University of Essex and Innovate UK will give us the combined expertise to take our innovative technology to the next level, keeping our business at the forefront of this developing market."
Our ambitions match yours. We’re business-led and hands on. From scoping through to funding wins, from recruitment of talent through to project completion.
Speak to us today to find out how we can help you with an KTP or an alternative funding opportunity today.
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