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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships program

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

What's important

  • Applications have closed.
  • 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.


To be eligible, you must:

  • have less than 200 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs)
  • 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

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 Dino Willox
    Director, Student Employability

    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 Robert Buhrke
    Business Development Manager, Division of Research & Innovation

    07 4232 1786 or 0438 688 654
  • University of the Sunshine Coast

    Dr Eva-Marie Seeto
    Director of Community Engagement

    07 5430 1224
  • Bond University

    Andrew Calder
    Direction, Research Services

    07 5595 4199

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 employing a graduate
  • anticipated outcomes to Queensland, including alignment with government priorities.

How to apply

Applications have closed.

Processing of applications may be delayed due to the recent Queensland Government election.

For more information about the program 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
21 December, 2017

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