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Space themed call for KTP has been launched!

Pun intended.

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board) has launched a new specialised Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) call for space.

This targeted call will support 10 to 12 KTP projects which are in line with the UK’s Space Innovation and Growth Strategy (IGS).

Key points of this targeted call are:

  • ‘Upstream’ projects in satellite and satellite instrument manufacture need to be generally aligned with the National Space Technology Strategy
  • ‘Downstream’ projects need to link to a defined market/end product
  • All projects must use expertise from outside of the space sector
  • There is a bursary fund available for a number of KTP associates to attend the International Space University summer school

This call is now open and closes on 11th February 2015.

For complete information on this call, please visit the Innovate UK website.

If you would like to discuss this call and potential KTP ideas around this call, please do contact me: Rachel Clarke, Knowledge Exchange Adviser (KTP) – 01202 961347 –

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Academic Development Scheme 2014

I am delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Academic Development Scheme (KTPADS).  This centrally coordinated programme is for academic staff to work towards achieving a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

What is KTP?

A KTP is part-funded by the government and the aim of this scheme is to encourage collaboration on projects between businesses and academics.  KTP had previously been called the Teaching Company Scheme (TCS), though a rebrand a decade ago saw the TCS become KTP.  KTP is managed by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) and provides benefits to all parties involved – this scheme offers a fusion of academic and industry collaboration supported by an associate (graduate).

What is to benefit to me?

KTP is an excellent way of bringing in income and developing knowledge exchange with a clear pathway to impact.

Key benefits of KTP are as follows:

  • Facilitates research impact
  • Increases research funding, including supervision time for the Knowledge Base Supervisor (academic) to the Associate (graduate), this time averages at half a day a week
  • Contributes to the University’s REF submission
  • Improve links with industry partners
  • Apply knowledge to innovative business-critical project
  • Raise your profile among colleagues/the Institution

What does this scheme involve?

This scheme consists of an initial one-day training course, on Wednesday 29th October 2014, off campus to provide you with the necessary information to pursue a KTP in your area of research.  The training day consists of information about KTP, engaging with business and writing proposals.  Members will be required to bring KTP ideas to develop.

Members are then supported throughout the year in developing their KTP ideas including support in working with business and bespoke one-to-one sessions with the Innovate UK KTP Adviser.  Additional support includes a travel budget for members to use on potential KTP collaboration visits.  Expected time commitments for this scheme are: one full day for the training course on 29th october 2014, two half-day support networks in 2015 and at least three one-to-ones with the KTP Adviser from Innovate UK and unlimited one-to-ones as per your requirements from the KE Adviser (KTP) within the BU Research and Knowledge Exchange Office.

Please note: members are expected to collaborate with business and submit a KTP proposal within a year of starting the scheme.

What are the KTP funding priorities?

If you’re interested in working on KTP, there are a number of funding priorities for KTP as detailed below:

  • Advanced materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biosciences
  • Electronics, photonics and electrical systems
  • Information and communication technologies
  • High value manufacturing
  • Digital technologies
  • Emerging technologies
  • Energy generation and supply
  • Environmental sustainability
    • Sustainable agriculture and food
    • Low impact buildings
  • Creative industries
  • High value services
  • Medicines and healthcare
    • Assisted living
    • Detection and identification of infectious agents
    • Stratified medicine
  • Transport
    • Low carbon vehicles
  • Space

Currently, there is a special funding call with an agri-food theme.  This funding call has an additional £2.3m to fund KTP in this area, further information on this call can be found here.

If your research speciality fits into any of these themes, then KTP could be a great knowledge exchange project for you.

How do I apply?

To apply for a place on the scheme, please contact Rachel Clarke to request an application form.  This form will need to be signed by yourself and your Deputy Dean of Research & Enterprise (or equivalent).  Applications open on Monday 22nd September and close at midnight on Wednesday 8th October.

A further KTP Academic Development Scheme will be announced in 2015 via the BU Research Blog.


If you would like to discuss this scheme or receive an application form, please contact Rachel Clarke, Knowledge Exchange Adviser (KTP) on 01202 961347 or


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Associate Conference 2014

I recently travelled to Brighton for the annual Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Associate Conference.  This conference is designed for all KTP Associates with a view to share experiences and celebrate successes.

The conference welcomed circa 50 delegates of both current and past KTP Associates and people like me who wanted to find out more about KTP.  The day started with a series of presentations from past and current KTP Associates about their experiences and achievements.  The scope of the projects talked about were broad and it was down to former Associate, Jugal Desai to open the conference and talk about his KTP experience and how it changed his life and made him reach his career goal.

Before lunch, 30 KTP Associates were given 2 minutes each to give an overview of their project and invite delegates to view their poster following lunch.  This continued into a poster competition where delegates formed part of the judging panel to highlight the top 3 posters in a ballot.  BU was represented by one of our KTP Associates, Neil Smiley who is working on a classic KTP with a local security company.

It was great to see the variety of topics supported by KTP and demonstrated the scope of innovation in this country.

The next KTP Associate conference will be held in Glasgow in 2015.

Find out more about KTP on Friday 4th July!

On Friday 4th July, R&KEO are hosting a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Awareness Day for academics who wish to explore KTP.

Throughout the day, guest speakers will talk about the KTP process and KTP experiences.  Speakers range from representatives from the Technology Strategy Board (the body behind funding KTPs), University staff and also case studies of recent BU KTPs.

The session will be held in the Executive Business Centre, Lansdowne Campus from 9am-4pm, refreshments and lunch are included.

Spaces are limited so if you would like to attend, please do contact Rachel Clarke by close of play on Wednesday 2nd July, to book your place.

Rachel Clarke, KTP Officer – 01202 961347,

Agri-food themed specific call launched for KTP

A new call for targeted Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) has been announced and it has an agri-food theme.

Below I have extracted the main points from the KTP agri-food call:

  • Funders are: The Technology Strategy Board (TSB), along with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Invest Northern Ireland, the Scottish Funding Council and the Welsh Government
  • Total amount allocated to this call is £2.3m
  • The reason behind this call is to improve the competitiveness, resilience and responsiveness of the agri-food supply chain – from primary production, including aquaculture, through to retail
  • The Biotechnology and Biological Research Council (BBSRC), Food Standards Agency (FSA), Medical Research Council (MRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will also consider co-funding KTPs on an individual basis
  • Proposals are expected to address at least one of the following challenges; 1) innovating to benefit consumer health, wellbeing and choice, 2) improving productivity, resource efficiency and resilience in the supply chain and 3) assuring safety and security across the supply chain
  • KTP that can yield benefits across more than one of the above challenges are encouraged
  • The TSB expect most KTP supported through this call will last up to 2 years
  • The TSB have outlined examples of what these targeted KTPs might look like; improved resource efficiency and/or waste minimisation, improving nutritional quality through better products or ingredients and packaging and logistics supply chain.  Further examples can be found here

This call closes on 11th February 2015.

If you have any comments or perhaps know of a company who might be interested in this call, please do let me know.  Rachel Clarke, KTP Officer – or 01202 961347.

Collaboration between BU and China!

Last week Dr Biao Zeng organised a seminar with guest speaker, Jianfang Cheng, Deputy Chief of the Zhongguancun Science Park London Office.  Zhongguancun Science Park is a consortium of hi-tech industry and is often referred to as China’s ‘Silicon Valley’.

Dr Zeng invited colleagues and students from across the Institution to attend this seminar and find out more about how we can build a partnership with various companies who are based at the Park.  Ms Cheng was keen to find out about the key areas of research at BU and to explore whether there were research and collaboration opportunities between BU and Zhongguancun Science Park.

Rachel Clarke – KTP Officer