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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the Nuclear AMRC lets you develop new capabilities and improve your business performance.

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The national Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme helps businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills from the UK’s research base.

A KTP can help you:

Find an innovative solution to help your business grow.
Bring in qualified people to lead new projects.
Develop your company for a changing market.
Improve your performance and operations.
Become more competitive.
Increase profitability.
A KTP with the Nuclear AMRC is a three-way partnership between your business, our centre and a recently qualified graduate. The graduate – known as a KTP Associate – will work on a strategic challenge of your choosing, with the project lasting from six months to two years. Their work is supervised by an experienced member of the Nuclear AMRC team, who will spend an average of half a day a week with your company.

The KTP programme has helped UK businesses innovate for more than 40 years. KTPs are funded by Innovate UK and delivered by the Knowledge Transfer Network.

For an informal discussion about whether a KTP is right for your business, contact Helen Arthur, collaborative R&D lead.

What kind of project can be funded by a KTP?
Technical KTPs:

Capability development, in any of our core areas of manufacturing innovation.
Manufacturing process optimisation.
Product development & prototyping.
Because these projects require regular visits by a member of our technical team, we currently support technical KTPs with companies based within an hour’s travel of our Rotherham facility.

Management KTPs:

Business improvement techniques.
Manufacturing improvement tools.
Manufacturing strategy development.
Management KTPs are supervised by one of our national network of industrial advisors, which means we can support companies across the UK.


Partner Nuclear AMRC

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre helps UK companies win work across the nuclear sector – in new build, operations, decommissioning and technology development – and in other high-value manufacturing industries. Our facilities and services are open to all.
We are led by our industrial members, but companies don’t have to be members to take advantage of our capabilities and expertise. Our manufacturing innovation capabilities and supply chain development services are open to all UK manufacturers, from specialist SMEs to top-tier OEMs.

Our engineers and sector specialists work with companies to develop innovative techniques and optimised processes for large-scale high-precision manufacturing. You can use our state-of-the-art workshops to develop and test new processes on production-scale machines, without losing capacity in your own factory. You can commission commercial research to address your specific needs, or join collaborative R&D projects with external funding.

We also provide a range of supply chain development support to help manufacturers enter the nuclear market and compete worldwide. Our flagship Fit For Nuclear programme is a unique diagnostic tool which lets you measure your operations against industry requirements, with continuing support to help you close any gaps.

The Nuclear AMRC is backed by industry leaders and government, and owned by the University of Sheffield. Our research factory at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in South Yorkshire forms part of a world-leading innovation cluster alongside the University of Sheffield AMRC, AMRC Training Centre and a host of high-value manufacturing companies.

Our facilities also include the new Nuclear AMRC Midlands in Derby, and our modular manufacturing R&D centre at Birchwood Park, Warrington. Our applied manufacturing research is underpinned by the nuclear and materials technology expertise of The University of Manchester Dalton Nuclear Institute.

We are part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, an alliance of seven leading manufacturing research centres backed by Innovate UK. This allows us to tap into a national network of manufacturing research excellence – if a particular technology falls outside our areas of expertise, we can call on our Catapult partners for the support you need for your challenge.