The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme enables businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance with the help of government funding.
The KTP achieves this through a partnership between your organisation and UCS enabling you to access skills and expertise to help your business develop.
The knowledge sought is embedded into the business from UCS through a project, or projects, undertaken by a suitably qualified person (known as the Knowledge Transfer Associate), recruited specifically to work on your assignment. KTPs can vary in length up to 3 years, depending on the needs of your business and the desired outcomes.
KTPs enable new capability to be embedded into your business. The scheme has already benefited, and continues to benefit, a wide range of businesses across many sectors, including micro sized, small and large businesses, third sector and public organisations.
Further to the KTP initiative, UCS is also a participant in the Low Carbon KEEP (Knowledge East of England Partnership) programme, which offers assistance to SME companies in the East of England to help reduce carbon emissions - either within their own business, their supply chain or on behalf of their customers via a new product or service. Behavioural change, product design innovation, waste management and energy conservation are just a few ways this can be achieved.
The support is in the form of a KTP from 4 to 12 months in length and is funded by EU and EEDA (East of England Development Agency). An associate is recruited to work either full-time or part-time within the company and an academic from UCS provides guidance and support in the rapidly changing, cutting-edge field of low carbon development. In most cases the graduate will spend 100% of their time at the business premises, with the UCS expert providing support half a day a week. The cost for businesses to become involved in the scheme is low and the benefits are substantial. Businesses contribute less than 50% of overall costs.
A knowledge transfer partnership provides an excellent opportunity for your business or organisation to access UCS’s ideas, expertise and technologies through a collaboration between the academics of UCS, an associate and yourselves.