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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Builds collaboration between universities and small business by bringing on a university graduate to work on an innovative project.

What's important

  • Funding of up to $50,000 per project.
  • Subsidises two-thirds of the eligible project costs with the business contributing one-third.
  • Eligibility criteria apply.
  • Next Round will open late January 2017.


To be eligible, you must:

  • have less than 200 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs)
  • have been operating for more than two years
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have a strategic innovation project requiring collaboration with a university that you are prepared to manage
  • be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) before the project commences
  • be able to contribute one-third of the eligible project costs.

Read the guidelines for more details.

Funding recipients

Round 1 funding recipients

Round 2 funding recipients.

Partnering universities

As you will need to jointly apply with a participating university, you can contact your university of choice directly to discuss collaboration opportunities.

  • Queensland University of Technology

    Mr Colin Melvin
    Director, Office of Commercial Services

    07 3138 5159
  • Griffith University

    Professor Andrea Bishop
    Director, Office of Research

    07 3735 5234
  • Central Queensland University

    Mr Josh Ariens
    Research Partnerships Manager, Office of Research Services

    07 4970 7330 or 0408 443 419
  • University of Queensland

    Dr Annabelle Willox

    07 3346 7012
  • University of Southern Queensland

    Professor Peter Terry
    Director, Research Training and Development
    Office of Research Graduate Studies

    07 4631 1681
  • James Cook University

    Mr Noble Paul
    Business Development Manager, Division of Global Strategy and Engagement

    07 4781 4283
  • University of the Sunshine Coast

    Rhonda Leece
    Associate Director, Student Central

    07 5430 2890
  • Bond University

    Sharon McPaul
    Grants and Ethics Manager

    07 5595 1593

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed on:

  • the strategic nature and level of innovation of the project
  • project feasibility, budget and timeframes
  • potential benefits to the business of employinga graduate
  • anticipated outcomes to Queensland, including alignment with government priorities.

How to apply

Next round will open late January 2017.

To help prepare an application, please refer to the:

About the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) program forms part of the Advance Queensland initiative, helping to create partnerships to exchange skills and ideas to inspire innovation.

The KTP program enables businesses to form partnerships with universities and apply for grant funding to bring a graduate into their business to work on an innovative project.

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Last updated
6 April, 2016

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