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KTP Top Tip


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) are considered to be a 3-way partnership between the company, university and graduate.

Considering this from the perspective of personal knowing (Polanyi 1974) it can be assumed that as a general rule:

  • The  company partner lacks the explicit and tacit understanding to deliver the project and is seeking this support from the partnership
  • The recent graduate has the explicit knowledge, but lacks the tacit understanding required for successful implementation
  • The academic team provides the required tacit knowledge, together with additional explicit knowledge as required.

I’ve always found that remembering this view-point can be helpful when writing KTP funding proposals.



Polanyi, M. (1974) Personal Knowledge: towards a Post-Critical Philosophy,Chicago,IL,University of Chicago Press. (First published in 1958)


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