KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need


The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from biotechnology to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.


The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here


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AgriFood KTPs Launched Today

Want to increase the capacity of your organisation to innovate?

Want to develop a closer working relationship with a research group?

Want to embed new expertise in your company?

Work in the agri-food sectors?

If you answered yes to these questions then you may want to consider applying for one of the new ring-fenced Knowledge Transfer Partnerships that have been launched by the Technology Strategy Board today. Up to £2.3m is going to be invested over the next couple of years in projects specifically in the agri-food sector by the Technology Strategy Board together with Defra, Invest Northern Ireland, the Scottish Funding Council and the Welsh Government.

If you are not already familiar with the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme, here is a snapshot:

A KTP project is designed to increase the innovation capacity of a company by creating a close link with an academic organisation which is underpinned by embedding a recent graduate within the company. 

It is all very well having great ideas to improve your product/service but just keeping up with the day job can all too often mean that you don’t get a chance to pursue these ideas. By having that extra staff capacity in your company you can look at research questions that other members of the team just don’t have time for as well as building up your expertise base.

You can read more about them here.

Typical projects:

  • 2 years
  • Grant paid through academic partner
  • SMEs get around 65% grant, less for large companies
  • Project costs on average £60k per year



The competition is open from 19th June 2014 until February 2015 with batch deadlines over that timeline.

There are regional KTP Advisers who should be your first point of contact if you want to put an application together, who will guide you through the process and give you the best chance of success.




1 person has had something to say so far

Having recently completed another KTP graded 'very good', we would be interested in partnering with an SME to go for another KTP in this applcation domain. We are providing expertise in pattern search, recognition and matching, which could be of some help to the agri-food sector.
Posted on 19/06/14 12:47.

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