Welcome to the RCUK Knowledge Transfer Portal: your gateway to Research Councils’
activities and schemes in knowledge transfer.
What is knowledge transfer? Knowledge transfer describes how knowledge and ideas
move between the knowledge source to the potential users of that knowledge. The
Research Councils encourage knowledge transfer by supporting schemes and activities
to transfer good ideas, research results and skills between, for example, universities
and other research organisations, business, the third sector, public sector and/or
the wider community.
The RCUK Knowledge Transfer Portal offers a single point of access for those
in, e.g., academia, business, public, private and/or third sectors, who want to
find out about Research Council knowledge transfer schemes and activities, and how
to get involved. You will find links to Research Council funding opportunities,
current events, networks, and training courses, just to name a few.
Spend a few moments exploring the site – you never know what opportunities you
Collaborative Research is academic research undertaken in partnership with
other universities or research organisations, with business, with government
and/or with the third sector (e.g. charities). Collaborative research can
take a number of forms, from a basic grant between two partners, through
to a complex multi-partner research programme.
Collaborative Research Grants |
Joint Strategic Programmes |
Cross-Council Research Programmes
Collaborative Training enables researchers to develop the relevant skills
to undertake excellent research, work effectively in business (and/or the
government or other important sectors), and exploit the outcomes of their
research. Training opportunities include vocational courses, collaborative
studentship projects between academia and industry, and training in entrepreneurship.
Collaborative Doctoral Studentships |
Training for Business & Policy
People & Information Exchange
People & Information Exchange recognises that individuals are at the heart
of knowledge transfer. All Research Councils encourage increased levels
of university-business interaction; all support the exchange of researchers
between academia and industry, and stimulate partnerships between business
and researchers. This includes support for brokering and networking activities,
fellowship schemes that enable researchers to work in a commercial environment,
and support for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).
Evidence for Public Policy |
Data Products & Services
Commercialisation & Development
Commercialisation & Development includes a number of activities to encourage
researchers for to take their ideas further down the route to exploitation,
and to reward them for excellence in innovation. The Research Councils’
Follow-on Fund (plus a range of other Council-specific schemes) supports
‘proof-of-concept’ type work, the RCUK Business Plan Competition provides
training and mentoring in the development of business skills, and Enterprise
Training develops researchers’ entrepreneurial skills. Research Councils
also support a number of awards.
Support for Enterprise |
Awards & Incentives |
There are lots of acronyms throughout the Knowledge Transfer Portal. Many will
be written in full and explained in the footnotes on each page (you can also use
the Glossary in the left-hand links to find out what they stand for). The links
below will take you to each organisation's homepage to find out more.
The seven Research Councils:
RCUK is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils.
The Technology Strategy Board was established in 2007 to promote technology-enabled
innovation in the areas which offer the greatest scope for boosting UK growth and