Knowledge Transfer Partnership opportunity for businesses

Last updated:
25 June 2014
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To help improve businesses' food safety capability, we are looking to join up with the UK's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, to co-fund Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) through the agency's agri-food supply chain targeted competition. The competition is now open. Farmers through to retail businesses can apply.

What is a KTP?

A KTP is a partnership between a business, an academic institution (or knowledge base partner) and a recently qualified person, known as the associate. The aim is to help transfer knowledge and embed new capability within the business.

The scope of this targeted KTP competition includes these three high level challenges:

  • innovating to benefit consumer health, wellbeing and choice
  • improving productivity, resource efficiency and resilience in the supply chain
  • assuring safety and security across the supply chain

FSA focus

The FSA will consider co-funding successful partnerships if they fall within our strategic priorities. Of particular interest to the FSA are partnerships that address the following areas:

  • food safety, authenticity and traceability
  • technologies or approaches to maintain product safety and quality
  • protection against food fraud

How to apply and webinar

Discuss your idea

To take part in this targeted competition, your business should first discuss project ideas with a university KTP office or contact one of the Technology Strategy Board's regional KTP advisers directly through the KTP website.


The competition is open, and there are a series of deadlines between midday Wednesday 20 August 2014 and Wednesday 11 February 2015.


A briefing webinar will be held for potential applicants, and several brokerage events are planned in support of this competition.

More information

To find out more about the call, the application process and the call scope, please see the briefing document at the link below. The briefing can also found on the Technology Strategy Board website. For further advice on the call scope, you can contact the Technology Strategy Board on its competition helpline: 0300 321 4357, or by email: