About the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals

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ATTP’s mission is to promote and maintain global standards in knowledge and technology transfer. ATTP does this via the Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) designation, the international professional standard for knowledge transfer and commercialization practitioners working in universities, industry and government labs.

Learn about ATTP History. Learn more about knowledge/technology transfer.


  • Maintain internationally recognized standards for the knowledge and technology transfer professional.  

  • Award the RTTP designation to knowledge and technology professionals who demonstrate core competency and achievement in the field.

  • Support national associations of KE/KT professionals to raise the caliber of their members through recognized programs of professional development.

  • Encourage training providers to deliver programs that comply with internationally recognized standards.

The Alliance

The Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) is an alliance of eleven knowledge and technology transfer associations. Below is brief information about the founding ATTP Associations — ASTP-Proton, AUTM, KCA and PraxisAuril — and the associations that have since joined: Redtransfer, SNITTS, SARIMA, STEM, TechnologieAllianz, UNITT and ÜSİMP. We invite national knowledge and technology transfer associations to join ATTP. For application details, please see ATTP National Association Application Guidelines.

ASTP proto The Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals (ASTP-Proton) link new windowASTP-Proton is the premier, pan-European association for professionals involved in knowledge transfer between universities and industry. By promoting and professionalizing knowledge transfer practice, the association aims to enhance the impact of public research on society and the economy. ASTP-Proton has more than 800 members, covering 41 countries.
AUTM Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) link new windowAUTM is a global network of members that come from more than 350 universities, research institutions, teaching hospitals and government agencies as well as hundreds of companies involved with managing and licensing innovations derived from academic and nonprofit research.
KCA Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) link new windowKCA is the Australasian peak body leading best practice in industry engagement, commercialisation and entrepreneurship for research organisations. KCA achieves this through expert delivery of stakeholder connections, professional development and advocacy.
PaxisAuril PraxisAuril link new windowPraxisAuril is a UK-based not-for profit organization set up to support innovation and commercialization of public sector and charity research for social and economic impact.
Redtransfer Redtransfer link new windowThe REDTRANSFER Association is aimed at those who are professionally engaged in research management, knowledge transfer and innovation in both public entities and private entities.
SARIMA Southern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) link new windowSARIMA is a membership association for institutions and persons engaged in advancing research and innovation management.
SNITTS Swedish Network for Innovation and Technology Transfer Support (SNITTS) link new windowSNITTS is an association for those engaged in knowledge and technology exchange (Technology Transfer).
logo-stem Society for Technology Management (STEM) link new windowSTEM is a not-for-profit organization which provides a facilitative environment for successful technology transfer processes and promotes best practices in technology management.
Technology Allianz TechnologieAllianz link new windowTechnologieAllianz is the commercialization network for German academic inventions combines patent marketing and technology transfer agencies in a single network, offers professional technology transfer at the interface between science and marketplace. Provides enterprises with access to the entire range of evaluated and patented research results from German universities and research institutes.
UNITT University Network for Innovation and Technology Transfer (UNITT) link new windowUNITT – Japan promotes the sound development of partnerships between academia and industry, maintaining a close partnership between institutions of higher learning, TLOs, and the individuals and institutions that support their activities.
logo-usimp Üniversite Sanayi İşbirliği Merkezleri Platformu (ÜSİMP) link new windowÜSİMP – actively supports a range of university-industry co-operations in Turkey and works with its members aspiring for a more professional level of co-operation. Its core focus is on universities; training, and promotion of the transfer of new technologies into society.

ATTP Structure and Governance

ATTP was formed in March 2010, and is registered as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee in Scotland. ATTP’s governing Board of Directors is comprised of a representative from each of the founding alliance associations: ASTP-Proton, AUTM, KCA, and PraxisAuril. Each of the founding associations has provided financial support for the establishment and development of ATTP.

Current Chair of ATTP:
Mr. James R. Zanewitcz

Current ATTP Board of Directors and the association they represent:
Mr. James R. Zanewitcz ─ Chair
Dr. Alison Campbell ─ KTI
Mr. Sean Fielding ─ PraxisAuril
Mr. Steven Tan ─ ASTP-Proton
Dr. David Winwood ─ AUTM

Past ATTP Chairs
Dr. Alison Campbell
Dr. Kevin Cullen
Mr. Sean Flanigan

ATTP History

The leaders of ASTP-Proton, AUTM, PraxisAuril, and KCA decided that a global Alliance was needed to support a credential across borders. In 2010, the four founding organizations banded together each contributing financial support to form the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals to develop the standards and deliver the credential of Recognized Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP). The first RTTP designations where granted in 2010, Currently, there are over 400 RTTPs.