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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.

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Funding: £14M for Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context

The Global Food Security (GFS) Programme will soon be announcing a new 5-year interdisciplinary programme of research. The programme has been co-designed by BBSRC, ESRC, NERC, Defra and FSA, in partnership with wider stakeholders, and will address a major food security challenge: ‘Resilience of the UK food system in a global context’.

BBSRC, NERC & ESRC are contributing £14M and further contributions are being considered by other GFS partners.
Up to £7M will be available for the first call.

The programme will integrate biological, environmental and social sciences to support interdisciplinary projects addressing one or more of the following key themes (these are all interlinked and proposals that address aspects of more than one theme are strongly encouraged):

  1. Enhancing productivity, resilience and sustainability of agricultural landscapes
    At the core of this theme is understanding the relationship and trade-offs between resilience, sustainability & production, to deliver agricultural systems balancing the provision of food with other ecosystem services. This will help address the challenge of feeding a growing population sustainably; ensuring improved environmental, social and economic outcomes.
  2. Increasing resilience of international supply chains
    This theme is focused on understanding the economic, environmental, biological and social factors affecting the food supply chain, and the interplay between these, to increase resilience of the food system at a local-to-global level.
  3. Influencing food choice for health, sustainability and resilience at the individual and household level
    Central to this theme is understanding the drivers behind food choices and how these impact on the wider food system and production, in order to identify interventions that result in in provision of nutritious and sustainable food in more resilient and equitable ways.

Through interdisciplinary research calls, community building events and a suite of impact activities, this programme aims to build a portfolio of research which will deliver tangible outcomes that are greater than the sum of its parts.

Programme calls
The first of two programme calls will be launched in September 2015.
Up to £7M of funding will be available through this first call to support approximately 4-6 high quality interdisciplinary research proposals.
Each proposal must integrate biological, environmental and social sciences and can be led by any of these disciplines.

A community building event will be held in London on 20 July 2015 to give researchers an opportunity to learn more about the call, meet colleagues from other disciplines and initiate partnerships in advance of the call launch in September.


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