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1 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Maximising Opportunities Simon Earp Director, University of Edinburgh Management School/ Chairman, East of Scotland KTP Centre 650 Anne Keane Manager, East of Scotland KTP Centre 455

2 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Mission “ To strengthen the competitiveness and wealth creation of the UK by the stimulation of innovation in industry through collaborative partnerships between the science, engineering and technology base and industry ” Extension of the TCS scheme (formally Teaching Company Scheme)

3 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Sponsors Department of Trade and Industry Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Invest Northern Ireland Department of Health Economic and Social Research Council Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Welsh Assembly Government Natural Environment Research Council Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council Scottish Executive

4 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Objectives of every Knowledge Transfer Partnership facilitate the transfer of knowledge and the spread of technical and business skills through innovation project provide company-based training for graduates in order to enhance their business and specialist skills stimulate and enhance business relevant research and training undertaken by the knowledge base

5 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships What is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership? A collaboration involving 3 partners with gain for all: 1.A company that would benefit from additional expertise to aid innovative product, process or market development 2.An academic team with the mix of expertise to fill the ‘ expertise gap ’ 3.At least one graduate - KTP Associate – to carryout the project work in the company over 1-3 years, jointly supervised by company and academics.

6 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Strategic Company-Based Project Improve Productivity and Company Enhances Knowledge Base’s Relevance to Business Enhances Graduate Career(s)

7 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Criteria for Projects Company financially able to complete and exploit the programme Programme will create strategically important change for the company Academic input essential for an innovative result Associate s t r e t c h e d

8 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Project Lifecycle Idea Outline approval Proposal Grant 1 to 5 years Grading Awards Carry out the work Final Report Post-project plans Recruit graduate/s

9 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships University benefits  Understanding of industrial requirements and commercial imperatives  Opportunities to put ideas into action  Development of relationships for other research projects  Staff development  Framework ideal for younger academics to build relationships with industry in ‘ safe environment ’ supported by senior academics & KTP consultants and to develop and hone new skills  Student placements  Student projects  Publishing academic papers

10 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships University benefits  Knowledge Transfer Income  Value of typical 2 yr project with SME £ 100k  £ 21K Direct to School + £ 25 overhead  KTP Center's Partners awarded c. £ 10m in TCS/KTP income since Centre estab. in 1998  U of E awards c. £ 2m  Tip of the iceberg of opportunity  Annual KTP grant ‘ pot ’ c. £ 25m  Including company contribution ‘ pot ’ c. £ 42m  Approx 14% coming to Scottish universities

11 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Role of the Supervisors  Industrial Supervisor  Day-to-day support to the project and the Associate  Guides Associate ’ s professional development  Academic Supervisor  Regular support to project and Associate (visits company on average ½ day per week)  Guide Associate ’ s Professional development  Links to expertise with the Knowledge Base partner

12 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships What ’ s changed from TCS of old? Project duration months Academic outcomes emphasised KTP Centre support : –To ensure project plans are well defined & developed to facilitate maximum benefit for all –Minimal effort in proposal preparation & submission –To enhance chances of approval – 100% success! –Co-ordinate Associate recruitment process –Introduction of potential partners

13 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Role of the KTP Centre A Gateway into partner HEIs To promote collaboration & knowledge transfer. Brokers / bloodhounds / ‘needs’ translators Facilitators in preparation & submission process 9 submission points a year Typically 3-4 weeks to prepare proposal Outcome known 3-4 weeks Support with graduate recruitment Signposters

14 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships East of Scotland KTP Centre University of Edinburgh Heriot-Watt University Napier University University of Stirling University of St Andrews Queen Margaret University College

15 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Centre ’ s aims To enable partner universities to take greater advantage of the opportunities available through participation in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships by: –Raising level of awareness of KTP in academic community –Assisting academics to build on existing relationships with established industrial contacts –Introduction of potential partners

16 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships What Next? Consider whether existing links with companies have potential for KTP: Guest Speakers Consultancy Contract research Recruiters/Previous employers Suppliers Consider research applications and suggest Companies We can help identify Companies


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