Knowledge transfer partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are an Innovate UK funded programme, where the business will shape a project in partnership with the University to solve a real business problem. The project will have a KTP Associate who works jointly with the academics and the business on a project that can range from 3 months to 3 years to help develop skills and knowledge to help your business grow.. The University of Salford have an excellent track record of delivering KTPs, helping businesses through the application process and providing on-going project administration support.

By participating in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, businesses and organisations can:

  • Access up to 67% grant
  • Access expertise and innovative solutions to help your business grow
  • Develop your business for today’s market
  • Aid you in the development of new and pioneering technologies
  • Improve your organisation’s operational efficiency
  • Increase profitability

The School of the Built Environment have a great track record in delivering KTP with industry partners, based on research excellence and a capacity to engage with industry in partnership. We have undertaken KTPs on issues such as BIM, sustainable retrofit, and building design and off site manufacture. We are focussed on delivering projects that are designed to generate real value for our industry partners.

KTP Case Studies

Fusion 21

Fusion21, based in Merseyside developed two tools to support their business as a provider of procurement services and social benefits for the social housing sector. They recognised that retrofit was a major issues for social housing providers and worked with the Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group at the University of Salford, to develop two tools, one looking at the technical aspects of retrofitting the social housing stock, while another addressed the resident perspective.

Fusion 21

The project gained national attention, including a visit from Andrew Stunnell, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (pictured). He stated during his visit:

“Keeping homes warm in winter and saving money on energy bills are real life issues for people here in Manchester and up and down the country.” Sharon Chahal, “It’s great the Minister has shown an interest in the work that both Luke and I are involved in with Fusion21. Both projects aim to provide the social housing sector with advice and support on how to realise the best possible outcomes from their retrofit projects. This is a topic of real national interest.”

Create Construction

Create Construction, based in Blackpool, provides a specialist construction service to a UK wide client base. Create’s unique turnkey service provides clients with a one-stop shop covering all aspects of design and build, construction and interiors. Working in partnership with the School of the Built Environment, this 24 month KTP developed a quality management system to address the corporate responsibility aspects of the business. Gill Mathison, Director at Create initiated the project in response to the UK’s Strategy for Sustainable Construction.

“Leading companies are becoming more and more socially aware. Many of us opt to buy fair trade, ethically sourced or organic products. Why isn’t the construction industry following suit? We at Create want to take a leading step to ensure that we are responsible for what we build; we owe it to our clients and the community.”

Creat construction

These key areas will be supported by reengineered business processes, resources and measures – both at organisational and project levels – and are also in accordance to AA1000, the global standard for corporate responsibility and sustainable development. With projects working towards the BREEAM standards for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation; along with strategic studies to undertake sustainable procurement (BS9803); future improvements in site waste management plans – Create is building an ethical plan to be a responsible leader.

For more information on KTP at Salford, please go to the main University of Salford KTP Website, or contact Paul Cihlar on 0161 295 51734, or at