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Partnering on Research

Partnerships are an effective, and essential, way to create new knowledge and inventions. King’s has a long history of working with organisations to deliver partnerships that drive innovation and deliver success.

Partnerships, as part of our Research Development team, operate across the university to create new relationships with industry and other external beneficiaries. This includes funded partnerships such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Collaborative Awards for Science and Engineering (CASE).

Our team also manages King's College London's relationship with the Francis Crick Institute.

If you have a question about setting up a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Collaborative PhD studentship or another type of relationshop, please feel free to contact us.

Contact us

If you are interested in working with King's researchers, contact Matthew Johnson, Partnerships Manager

020 7848 0116

Franklin-Wilkins Building, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Stamford Street London, SE1 9NH

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Established in 1975, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) are one of the UK’s leading knowledge transfer mechanisms. KTPs enable companies to work with academics on projects that will deliver real benefit to both partners.

A  KTP award will fund an Associate, predominantly based at the company, to carry out a project that directly applies knowledge at King’s to a specified need of the business. Part funded by Government and the Research Councils, KTP is led by InnovateUK. Each KTP project at King’s lasts for between 2-3 years.

Benefits for Companies

A KTP with King's will enable you to:

  • Access key academic expertise
  • Develop innovative solutions to help your business grow
  • Increase profitability
  • Benefit from a  subsidised opportunity to work with a leading Russell Group university

KTP has been shown on average, to increase company profit by around £283,000, create 3 genuine new jobs and provide training for an average of 30 staff.

Benefits for Academics

  • Joint papers in collaboration with the company partner
  • Create new material to enhance teaching/student projects
  • Opportunity to identify further joint grant applications/collaborative projects with industry
  • Raise your own and your department’s profile to attract funding from other sources including Research Councils
  • KTP is REF-returnable and demonstrates impact

What will it cost?

Each project is costed on an individual basis. All KTPs include:

  • Half a day a week academic time dedicated to the project
  • All the Associate’s employment costs
  • Generous training, travel and consumables budget to support project delivery
  • A KTP typically costs £75,000 p.a. SMEs contribute 33% and large companies 50%
  • In order to qualify for funding, every project is expected to provide a significant return on the investment made

Partnership Support

All KTP projects are supported fully by the Research Management and Innovation Directorate at King's. This includes help in preparing the application, financial management, HR support and administrative support throughout the lifetime of the KTP project.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about KTPs, speak to Jennifer Bardsley, Guy's Campus Research Development Lead

020 7848 8483

KTP Case Studies

Illumina Cambridge

Illumina Cambridge

The KTP was awarded a prestigious Certificate of Excellence from InnovateUK in recognition of the…



Looking at ways to support engineering companies in educational engagement throughout the UK.

Studentships with Business (CASE)

CASE PhD studentships (Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering) allow companies and many other organisations to access the academic expertise at King’s by supporting a PhD student to work on a 3-4 year project that will be relevant and beneficial to their organisation.

CASE provides opportunities for companies and academics to explore novel research collaborations and strengthen existing partnerships. A CASE studentship does not address an immediate business problem – this is more likely to be a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

The students are supervised by both an academic and company supervisor and will spend at least 3 months at the company, giving them the opportunity to develop a range of valuable skills and enhance their employability.

Although the eligibility criteria and partner financial contribution differ for each Research Council, the basic principle is that the partner contributes financially to the studentship (through stipend top-up and/or additional consumables). The partner can specify a research project that will be of importance to them and they must also provide a placement at their premises and a supervisor for the student.

How it works

The company and academic partner apply together for the studentships and the Research Management Directorate at King’s helps to coordinate and administer the process. King’s has an excellent success rate in securing CASE studentships because of our experience of the needs of industry and the Research Councils.

Over the last 5 years King’s has secured over 80 CASE studentships in partnership with large and small companies and many other organisations including: Novartis, Pfizer, Lilly, Unilever, Premier Foods, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestle, Tate & Lyle, South Bank Employers Group, National Archives, Imperial War Museum, British Museum, British Library, Ixico, Medimmune, Zoological Society of London, ACCA and many others.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about CASE studentships, speak to Dr Chris Bird, Research Development Manager, St Thomas & Waterloo Campus

020 7848 8483