Review of Funding Models for KTP Offices
This source preferred by Martyn Polkinghorne
Authors: Polkinghorne, M.
Publisher: Bournemouth University
Place of Publication: Poole, England
Many UK Universities and Colleges delivering KTP have set-up a KTP Office to co-ordinate their KTP activity.
Reflecting issues raised by the recent Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Strategic Review (2010) undertaken on behalf of the Technology Strategy Board by Regneris Consulting, research was undertaken for the National KTP Forum to explore the funding mechanisms and activities currently being delivered by KTP Offices within UK Universities/FE Colleges.
KTP Offices undertake a very wide range of activities that are pivotal to the successful development and delivery of KTP.
KTP administration and support is currently being funded mainly by University/Colleges and not from the KTP grants themselves.
fEC rates used for KTP are normally University fEC rates for enterprise across the organisation and therefore will not include any extra elements in recognition of the high level of administrative burden necessary for KTP.
Universities/Colleges delivering KTP under fEC funding rules are funding KTP administration and proposal development from other internal and external funding sources.
Reducing the admin burden of KTP will therefore help Universities/Colleges to deliver KTP more cost effectively, but will not justify a reduction in the KTP grant itself.
The average administrative cost of most KTP Offices for supporting each KTP is much lower than anticipated by the Regeneris KTP Strategic Review (particularly in the case of Shorter KTP).
Over recent years there has been a continual process of review relating to KTP, much of which has placed an increased administrative burden on Universities/Colleges.
The findings of this research would suggest that although these changes have been decided centrally, the Universities/Colleges participating in KTP have been forced to pick up the cost of this additional activity.