Established 40 years ago, the UK-wide Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and its KTP programme is funded by UKRI via Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, who also manage it. The KTN’s aim is to drive collaboration between academic institutions and innovative businesses, so that the former’s knowledge can improve the competitiveness and productivity of the latter. The programme provides a grant contribution towards project costs of up to 67%.
Led by its Knowledge Exchange Team, the University of Manchester has secured £25m to support over 100 projects with a range of SMEs and large business partners over the past 10 years.
“Being recognised by Innovate UK as the top institution for KTPs is fitting recognition of a decade’s hard work from The University of Manchester,” said Professor Luke Georghiou, deputy president and deputy vice-chancellor of The University of Manchester.
The Manchester region punches above its weight in terms of participation in KTP and this is a fitting outcome – Fiona Nightingale, Knowledge Transfer Network
“The University of Manchester’s KTPs have attracted over £25m funding to support businesses delivering real-world innovation, like inov-8 who are pioneering the use of graphene technology and Jackson Lees who are applying artificial intelligence (AI) powered tools to provide cost-effective and consumer-focused delivery of legal services.
“Topping Innovate UK’s KTP table is a testament to the hard work of the Knowledge Exchange team and academic researchers across UoM and is making us an innovation partner of choice for business.”
Fiona Nightingale, senior knowledge transfer adviser of the Knowledge Transfer Network said: “As the nominated Knowledge Transfer Adviser for Manchester, I am absolutely delighted that The University of Manchester has attained the top position as the university with the most active KTPs in the UK .This is a well-deserved result that reflects the hard work and exemplary support provided by the university’s outstanding Knowledge Exchange team and the academic involved in delivering the projects.
“The KE team supports academics, companies and graduates at every step of the process, from finding the right expertise, developing a partnership, applying for funding and supporting a KTP project throughout its life.
“The Manchester region punches above its weight in terms of participation in KTP and this is a fitting outcome following lots of dedicated effort to support business innovation.”
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