Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are Europe's leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of the knowledge, technology and skills that reside in the UK universities. The scheme part funds a talented graduate to work for you for up to 2-years on a specific problem of your choosing. This individual, called the KTP Associate, will be supervised by an experienced member of our academic staff.

By participating in KTPs you can:

  • Find an innovative solution to help your business grow
  • Increase your competitive advantage
  • Access recently qualified people to spearhead new projects
  • Access experts who can help take your business forward
  • Develop your company for today's market
  • Improve your performance/business operations
  • Increase profitability

For further information please contact Yasmin Knight on or call (0114) 222 1057

Case studies

See what businesses have to say about the some of the benefits they've gained from KTPs:

JRI Orthopaedics Ltd

"The Mercury Centre have de-risked not only the technical elements of our research-led innovation, but also the financial. Without that, a lot of areas would have been closed to us." Edward Draper, Executive Innovation Manager, JRI Orthopaedics.

Creating new hip materials (PDF, 1.9MB)

LabLogic Systems Ltd

"The on-going collaboration with the University of Sheffield, which was forged via the KTP, has brought a number of advantages to our business. Through the KTP, we have established our R&D capability in a more formal sense and, in addition, the company now has access to knowledge, expertise and resources that would normally be out of reach." Richard Brown, Managing Director, LabLogic Systems Ltd.

Developing the next generation of on-line radio-chromatography detectors (PDF, 2MB)

William Beckett Plastics Ltd

"WBP Ltd has significantly benefited from the knowledge and enthusiasm of the associate and academics at the University of Sheffield which has enhanced the company‚Äôs knowledge of the MIM process, ensuring future growth and success in the marketplace" William Beckett, Managing Director, WBP Ltd and William Beckett MIM.

Innovative production techniques leads to the creation of a new company (PDF, 2.1MB)