Innovation & Enterprise

Innovation, Creativity     & Enterprise

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is Europe's leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. The programme enables businesses to access substantial funding and cutting-edge University expertise to deliver strategic projects.

A recently qualified graduate or postgraduate (the Associate), is recruited to deliver the project and is supported by an academic team from the University of Kent. The projects are usually 2 years in duration and, on average, benefits that can be expected from a project are:

  • An increase of over 1m in annual profits before tax
  • The creation of 3 new jobs
  • An increase in the skills of existing staff

The KTP Team at Kent has a strong record for successfully developing a wide range of projects and of securing funding for KTP. Click on the case study links at the side of the page for some varied examples of University of Kent projects.

To find out more about the programme:

Working with us

If you would like to discuss a potential project or talk to a member of the Kent KTP Team, please get in touch.


Recent Projects


These are some of the Universitys recent KTP projects:

Company Academic School(s) Project Aim Funding secured Length
KROHNE Ltd School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science To develop model-based regression methods for calibrating and verifying vibratory measuring devices in order to improve their measurement performance and reduce manufacturing and maintenance costs. £62,388 24 months
Erlang Solutions Ltd School of Computing / School of Engineering & Digital Arts To design, validate and take to market a software package with supporting services to accelerate the adoption of Erlang as a technology used in embedded systems. £91,325 24 months
Cytocell Ltd School of Biosciences To develop a new product line of non-human fluorescence in-situ (FISH) probes to enable Cytocell to become a market leader in the field. £129,954 30 months
London Womens Clinic Ltd School of Biosciences To bring Karyomapping a universal test for the diagnosis of genetic disease in human embryos to clinical application. £132,266 30 months
Priority Freight Holdings Ltd Kent Business School To analyse current data and embed a fully integrated intelligent scheduling system to increase revenue and improve environmental impacts. £117,850 30 months
Dover Harbour Board Kent Business School To redesign and improve traffic flow at the Ports Eastern Docks. To optimise the layout of the Ports new Western Docks cargo terminal building. £72,266 24 months
Lonza Biologics Plc School of Biosciences To develop novel selection systems generating more productive cell lines with better quality and higher yield, reducing risk in the development of new therapeutic proteins. £61,330 32 months
John Parker & Son Ltd Kent Business School To develop a robust and intelligent scheduling tool and evaluate strategic logistical scenarios to increase revenue and contribute to a cleaner environment. £92,631 30 months

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Last Updated: 05/10/2016