Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project.

Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The academic institution employs the recently-qualified graduate who works at the company. The graduate, known as the ‘associate’, brings new skills and knowledge to the business.

A KTP can last between 6 months and 3 years depending on the project and the needs of the business. Government funding for each Knowledge Transfer Partnership is provided by means of a grant to the participating university partner and a contribution from the company involved.  KTPs with Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) receive a grant for 67% of eligible project costs. Large companies or groups receive a 50% grant

ISSS has a strong track record with KTP applications and some of our recent projects are listed below:

MacTaggart, Scott & Company Limited

Siemens Transmission and Distribution Limited

Tritech International Limited

Ultra Electronics Holdings plc

Heriot-Watt University is a member of the East of Scotland KTP Centre who will help define projects and prepare the funding application.

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