Knowledge transfer schemes

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are collaborative partnerships between an organisation, a university and a graduate to aid business development with the input of academic expertise.

So what are the benefits of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships?

For organisations:

  • Strategic development of products, services and organisational development
  • Financial support through grant funding
  • Having a knowledgeable graduate to carry out the project work
  • Access to university consultancy and facilities
  • Outcomes which increase commercial success of a business

For graduates:

  • Paid project work
  • Application of specific knowledge and skills to real organisational situations
  • Fast track career development
  • The opportunity for further post graduate qualifications
  • Building a portfolio of work experience, technical and business skills

For the university:

  • The application of specific academic knowledge into industry
  • Staff development opportunities in supervising and mentoring graduates
  • The opportunity to work with business and build relevant relationships
  • The student project could result in a postgraduate degree being awarded
  • Publishing of academic papers
  • Research opportunities and points towards departmental RAE ratings


If you have a potential strategic developmental project of commercial significance which you wish to explore, please email

If you would like information about other business services and funding schemes the University of Sussex can provide, then email