Congratulations to FHSS Celia Beckett and Jaqui Hewitt-Taylor and colleagues Richard Cross and Pam McConnell based at Five Rivers Child Care, Salisbury. Their first paper describes the exciting process of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between BU and Five Rivers Child Care which started in 2012 and finished recently in 2015. The project was established to develop a stepped assessment package that would help to identify the emotional and behavioural needs of children who are looked after to ensure the right services are accessed and to monitor their progress.
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- Celia Beckett , Richard Cross , Jaqui Hewitt-Taylor , Pam McConnell (2015) Developing a process for assessment of the emotional and behavioural needs of “looked after” children: the Five Rivers model Journal of Children’s Services, 10(4): 324-38.
Now is the time to find out if your area of research interest can be applied in the work-place with the assistance of a government grant.
The Technology Strategy Board has just released figures from their recent Knowledge Transfer Partnership approvals meeting. In May 2012, 42 classic KTP proposals were submitted with 34 being supported. That is an 81% success rate. Only 12 Shorter KTPs were submitted, with 10 of these being supported. This gives an excellent 83% success rate. They are looking for over 100 per approval meeting. Consequently, the Technology Strategy Board is very keen to see more quality applications.
So, if you are thinking of engaging with the technology exchange process, now would be a good time to make the most of your industry contacts. The TSB offers support throughout the process via their KTP Advisors. You do not always need to submit a full proposal at the outset but can use an Expression of Interest application to ‘test the water’.
For those of you not familiar with KTPs, Classic KTPs are normally between 12 and 36 months and are broadly strategic in their outcomes. Shorter KTPs are between 26 to 51 weeks and have more tactical outcomes. Both employ a recent graduate as the project associate, supported by the company and academic supervisors, to complete a specific company-based project. For more detailed information on this successful and long-running funding scheme, please go to the KTP website or just search for ‘KTP’. There are resources specific to the needs of the academic, the company and the associate. Check out _connect and join one of the Knowledge Transfer Networks.
There is also help within BU. Peter Delgado (BU’s Commercialisation and KTP Officer) should be your first port of call (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01202 961215). In addition, if you are visiting a company and think that a KTP might be just what they need, KTP marketing materials are available from Emily Cieciura (email@example.com or 01202 968241).
Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs) act as a single national network in a specific field, bringing together businesses and academics to stimulate innovation through knowledge transfer. By joining a Technology Strategy Board’s KTN you can help drive the flow of knowledge both within and in-and-out of specific communities and improve your ability to network, keep up to date with the very latest information and news, funding opportunities, policy, regulation and strategy. KTNs exist in many different areas so why not join one today? Aerospace, Aviation and Defence, Biosciences, Creative Industries, Digital, Electronics, Sensors, Photonics, Energy Generation and Supply, Environmental Sustainability, Financial Services, FP7UK, HealthTech and Medicines, ICT, Industrial Biotechnology, Materials