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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) support UK businesses wishing to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance by accessing the knowledge and expertise available within UK Universities and Colleges. The KTP scheme is operated and managed by the Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board).

The AHRC is one of a number of sponsors of this scheme and will support or co-sponsor projects that demonstrate and utilise knowledge, skills or technologies arising from all areas of arts and humanities research. This research base offers a huge resource for a diverse range of sectors to draw on that knowledge and expertise, in order to deliver a step change in their capability and performance.

A KTP is a three-way partnership between an academic, a business partner (including private sector companies, charities and public sector organisations) and a recent graduate (known as the Associate) who is employed to work on the specific project relevant to the business partner.

Closing Dates

Open - No Deadline

There are frequent deadlines for applications throughout the year. For further information please contact your local KTP Adviser or KTP Office. Contact details can be found on Innovate UK.

How to make an application

Full information about the scheme can be found at the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships website

Further Information

Please note new criteria apply from 1 April 2013

Please see the Research Councils' Overarching Statement for support of knowledge Transfer Partnership Projects

AHRC's additional criteria for KTP funding

You can also read the full details of our subject coverage.


The AHRC work with the RCUK Shared Services Centre (SSC) to deliver all of our funding activities. All queries regarding eligibility for funding and applications in progress and also queries regarding current awards, should be directed to the SSC team dealing with your subject area using the contacts page.

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