Special interest groups

Specialist areas of information that are run by the Knowledge Transfer Network.

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'Internet of Things' TechCity UK Launchpad

The Technology Strategy Board, with Tech City UK Ltd and Cambridge Wireless, are to invest up to £1m to support micro, small and medium-sized businesses working on the Internet of Things (IoT).

Algal Bioenergy

Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group


Design Special Interest Group


An industry-led activity sponsored by the TSB to build on UK strengths in the design and exploitation of high performance computing.

Energy Efficient Computing

The EEC SIG will support the TSB's Emerging Technologies & Industries programme by accelerating the development and commercial use of products, processes and services based on EEC technology

Energy Harvesting Special Interest Group

Energy Harvesting is a means of powering electronic devices by scavenging many low-grade ambient, or "wasted" energy sources such as environmental vibrations, human power, thermal gradients, or pressure gradients, and their conversion into useable electrical energy.

Flexible Manufacturing Special Interest Group (FM SIG)

The objective of the FM SIG is to investigate current UK capability, to identify innovation gaps and recommend where future Innovate UK investment in technology development can be targeted to provide the most benefit to UK industry.


An industry-led community with a shared aim for the UK to be the leading environment for innovation and collaborative activity in formulation

Graphene Special Interest Group

A focal point for the exploitation of Graphene.

Industrial Biotechnology

The IB SIG accelerates the uptake of industrial biotechnology in the UK.

Internet of Things

Brings together the community of people working on or using technologies for the 'Internet of Things'

Materials Security

A pan-sector and supply chain network seeking to mitigate and benefit from materials security issues

Non-Animal Technologies

A community to advance the development, application and commercialisation of non-animal technologies.

Position, Navigation and Timing

All PNT technologies across the supply chain.

Quantum Technologies

Building a £Billion business in Quantum Technology

Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Supporting the development of a new industrial RAS sector in the UK

Simulation Best Practices

This group aims to provide a focus for Simulation and Modelling in HVM. It will collect information on best practices in current use and the state-of-the-art being developed to enable new users to start and/or improve their use of these tools.

Smart DC

This SIG will share the funding opportunities available in this area

Solar Energy Systems Special Interest Group

The Solar Energy Systems SIG, over a period of 2 years, will build a new community and investigate the supply chain opportunities for Innovate UK investment, support ongoing DECC Solar Innovation activity and facilitate international engagement through the Horizon 2020 programmes and the Clean & Cool initiative of Innovate UK.

Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Supporting the development of a world-leading synthetic biology research community and ensuring the translation of this knowledge for business benefit

Uncertainty Quantification and Management in High Value Manufacturing

This group exists to create a group to assess, promote and supprt a UK capability in the field of uncertainty quantification and management in high value manufacturing.