Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership is suitable for all industry sectors.

Programme Overview

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses to innovate and grow.  Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a Business, Southern Regional College and a Graduate.

Delivery Model

KTP Associate is employed within the company full time and receives academic support from Southern Regional College on a weekly basis.

Benefits / Outcomes for Your Business

  • Taking part in a KTP can help you to develop your business and help you get the academic expertise that you don’t have in-house.
  • This expertise can help your business perform better and become more competitive and productive.
  • Around 60% of associates are offered a permanent job in the company when the project ends.

Funded By

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are currently funded by fifteen Government organisations led by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).  Each Partnership is part-funded by Government with the balance of the costs coming from the company partner.

Funding Allocation

Up to 60% funding for SME’s.  The amount businesses need to contribute is different for SMEs and larger companies.

If you are a small to medium-sized business, you will need to contribute a third of the costs.  The average annual contribution to a project for an SME is around £23,000.

If you are a larger business, you may need to contribute half the cost.  The average annual contribution to a project for a larger company is around £30,000.

Programme Duration

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership usually lasts for up to 12 months.

Terms and Conditions

  • you can apply as a business if you are a company of any size or a not-for-profit organisation
  • you can apply as an academic partner if you are a university, college or research technology organisation
  • you can apply as an associate if you are a high-calibre recent graduate. You must have the knowledge and skills to lead an innovative and strategic business project

 For further information on KTP's at SRC please contact a member of The Business Support & Innovation team on 028 3025 9664 or 028 3839 7778 or email

Contact The Business Support & Innovation Team on: 028 3025 9664 (Newry) 028 3839 7778 (Portadown) or e-mail: