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Knowledge Exchange Schemes

Promote your business growth by taking part in one of our knowledge exchange schemes.

You’ll work closely with leading academics and researchers whose quality, breadth and volume of research activity is unparalleled in the UK.  You’ll get help with the different stages of your project, from applying for funding, to project planning and evaluation, from our team of highly qualified knowledge exchange experts.

You can expect to improve your products and processes, making your organisation more competitive and profitable.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme is a leading knowledge transfer programme to support business innovation. With the help of government funding and university expertise, your business will be well supported to reach its full potential.

Businesses participating in KTP increase profits, knowledge and capability; gain competitive advantage through the launch of new products, processes and services; and become more innovative, efficient and set for growth.

KTPs are available across a diverse range of public and private industry sectors. Your KTP project could deliver improvements to existing products, support development of novel products and systems, as well as create frameworks to improve efficiencies in processes and upskill staff. This flexible approach enables you to identify the best way to accelerate business growth and enhance your competitive advantage.

Each KTP project recruits a high-calibre graduate, known as an Associate, aided by specialist academic support from The University of Manchester, to deliver a specified work plan. The KTP Associate manages and delivers the project, on-site within your organisation, while being jointly supervised by a senior member of your business and an Alliance MBS academic expert.

Each project can last between 12 months to 3 years, transferring and embedding new knowledge and skills to encourage business growth and innovation.


More than £3.5million in government funding secured for KTP projects between 2011 and 2016


Ranked in the top 3 universities nationally for active KTPsr annum increase in pre-tax profit for the three years following completion of the project


Average £600k per annum increase in pre-tax profit for the three years following completion of the project

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Knowledge transfer partnership

Alliance MBS’ Professor Judy Zolkiewski and Dr Ebi Marandi with IPEC Ltd

Case study: Innovation through collaboration