Extra £500,000 fund for KTPs in cyber security

Posted by gmcl1 at Aug 07, 2015 09:53 AM |
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey recently announced that the government is investing an additional £500,000 of funding to specifically support Knowledge Transfers Partnerships (KTPs) in the area of Cyber Security.

This initiative will support KTP projects to enable small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the cyber security sector to access research-driven knowledge and capability from academia to help them access strategic opportunities, tackle significant challenges they might be facing and support the development of new innovative processes and solutions.

'Cyber' KTPs are intended to:

  • Enable companies to be able to access more quickly the cyber security expertise they need to be able to solve critical challenges and grow.
  • Showcase the value and capability which the UK cyber security academic sector can bring in helping solve problems within businesses.
  • Allow companies to access new strategic developments that can support their economic growth
  • Help plug the skills gap particularly in specialist areas within the sector.
  • Boost the growth of the cyber security sector through the development of new strategic businesses and/or products


The funders are seeking to support high-quality KTPs that will help cyber security businesses to innovate, grow and develop even more valuable propositions. The funders have not specified the type of projects or areas within cyber security that should be supported so as not to stifle unforeseen innovative opportunities. Ultimately, projects should be in support of a significant challenge or opportunity being faced by the business and support the growth of the business.

Ideally, a cyber KTP should meet one or more of the below criteria:

  • Be transformative and focus on an area of cyber security that will help address an industry challenge and contribute towards an increase in the UK’s overall capability.
  • Support the business to develop a new or advance an existing product, process or service that can create competitive advantage for them.
  • Support the business to access a new opportunity that can help increase its overall capability or portfolio.
  • Support the growth of the business in a tangible and quantifiable way and allow it to realise and increase its domestic market and / or export potential if relevant.

Out of scope will be projects in areas that are not related to the cyber security sector, have no demonstrable innovation links or can be classed as business as usual e.g. to fill normal skills needs which businesses might be facing.

* PLEASE NOTE: If you have a good KTP project in mind that is not related to cyber security, funding is generally available for KTP projects in any sector (email Benoit Welch bpw6@le.ac.uk for more details).

Key Dates

The final deadline for proposals will be 11 May 2016 but it is strongly recommended to apply as soon as possible. Proposals may be submitted at any time and will be considered on a rolling basis up to the final deadline.

Next steps

Contact Benoît Welch (Knowledge Transfer Executive) at bpw6@le.ac.uk to register your interest or if you have any queries.

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