Accelerated Knowledge Transfer

If your business is looking to collaborate with a world-leading institution to deliver a rapid and targeted intervention to accelerate the development of a product or innovation, an Accelerated Knowledge Transfer (AKT) with the University of Stirling may be the right path for you.


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Current funding round: 6 November - 6 December 2023

This is the only advertised round of the AKT scheme, contact us at to ensure you don't miss out.

Some of the areas that AKT can help with include:

  • identifying innovation blockers;
  • evaluating an innovation concept;
  • finding solutions to immediate as well as longer-term challenges;
  • accelerating new thinking and processes;
  • developing new business models and expanding capacity.

Inspired by the highly successful partnership model of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), an AKT is designed to create short-term collaborations between a private or third sector business and a UK Knowledge Base to rapidly inject innovation capacity which has the potential for significant impact for the Business Partner. (Public sector organisations are not eligible).

Accelerated Knowledge Transfer specifications

  • Projects must run for between 2 - 4 months.
  • The maximum grant will be £35,000 per project.
  • The Business Partner must contribute 10% minimum of the total project costs in cash.
  • The Business Partner must be a UK-registered business, charitable company, or charity.

Apply for an Accelerated Knowledge Transfer

If you think an Innovate UK Accelerated Knowledge Transfer could help your organisation identify innovation opportunities or challenges, contact as there is a narrow window for applications.


Applications open: Monday 6 November 2023

Applications close: Wednesday 6 December 2023

Impact from a previous AKT pilot competition

In a 2022/23 pilot competition, a total of 129 projects were funded. The range of projects was diverse - from bilingual communications tools to on-farm carbon capture, representing all kinds of businesses and third-sector organisations from right across the UK.

Learn more about the AKT2i pilot scheme and its impact.