A programme of shorter Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), which enable collaboration between business, third sector organisations and academia, has been launched by the Technology Strategy Board, the government body responsible for promoting business innovation in the UK.

Building on shorter KTP schemes already being offered by Regional Development Agencies and the Devolved Administrations, the existing national KTP Programme is expanding to offer organisations throughout the UK the opportunity to undertake shorter-term projects than have previously been available.

The new shorter KTP initiative is designed to be flexible and act as a stepping-stone for those businesses that may not have worked with higher or further education institutions before. It is expected to play a key role in enabling small organisations, in particular, to explore the benefits of collaboration.