From threat simulation for satellite navigation to creating new national environmental benchmarks, Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Awards celebrate innovation through collaboration

Spotlight on impacts generated through unique collaborations between UK organisations and academic teams

Applying the UK’s world-class research expertise to real-world challenges, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) have been transforming businesses in the UK for over 40 years. From developing brand new polymers, to generating electricity from waste, the projects in this year’s KTP Best of the Best Awards demonstrate the breadth and depth of positive outcomes resulting from these unique partnerships.

The quality and diversity of entries also reflects the KTP programme itself, which spans all sectors and can benefit organisations of every size, right across the UK.

The shortlist for the awards includes Scotland-based Geckotech Solutions’ collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University to develop AI/Deep Learning and VR services to improve transport inspection and monitoring methods; Gloucester Wildlife Trust’s partnership with the University of the West of England which resulted in the new national environment benchmark, Building with Nature.

Also on the shortlist are Spirent Communications and the University of Bath for their project, demonstrating how GPS simulation in a university research endeavour can result in a commercial product that enhances human safety.  Also finalists, Principle Healthcare’s partnership with the University of Bradford, which resulted intransformative change – both in financial performance and supply safety – by developing in-house granulation technology.

Finalists and winners will attend a special Awards Ceremony on 2nd May whereInnovate UK’s Interim Executive Chair, Dr Ian Campbell,and Clive Grinyer, Design Advocate, will give a keynote speech.

KTP aims to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills held within the UK knowledge base.  The Knowledge Transfer Network delivers the KTP programme for Innovate UK, funded by UK Research and Innovation as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.

Further information about KTPs is here and applications for funding are open all year round.

Author: Yash Hirani

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