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.

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Round 5 of the £70m Agri-Tech Catalyst is now open

Agricultural science and technology is one of the world's fastest-growing and most exciting markets, driven by global challenges such as a rising population, rapid development of emerging economies, and shortages of land, water and energy.

The vision of the UK Government's Strategy for Agricultural Technologies is to make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. The £70m Agri-Tech Catalyst, run by Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, offers funding to innovative businesses and researchers to develop solutions to challenges in the Agri-Tech sector.

Round 5 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst is now open for applications.


What areas does the Agri-Tech Catalyst cover?

The Agri-Tech Catalyst funds proposals relating to: 

  • primary crop and livestock production, including aquaculture
  • non-food uses of crops including ornamentals
  • food security and nutrition challenges in international development
  • challenges in downstream food processing, provided the solution lies in primary production.

Applications from the aquaculture and livestock sectors are particularly encouraged, as are crop sector projects targeting weed control and on-farm storage and management. Projects targeting the late-stage award category are also encouraged.


What awards are available?

  • Early-stage awards
    These projects will explore the commercial potential of an early-stage scientific idea through feasibility studies. Registration deadline: 13th January 2016, 12:00. Submission deadline: 20th January 2016, 12:00.

  • Industrial research awards
    These projects will aim to develop innovative solutions, eg through technology development, lab-based prototyping, product development planning, field trials, and market testing. Registration deadline: 7th October 2015, 12:00. Deadline for expressions of interest: 14th October 2015, 12:00. Deadline for stage 2 submission: 20th January 2016, 12:00.

  • Late-stage awards
    These projects evaluate or trial the commercial potential of an innovative conceptin a real-life environment ahead of deployment. This can be through pre-experimental feasibility studies or experimental development. Also note that Late-stage awards are now open for applications from single businesses as well as those from business partners working in colaboration. Registration deadline: 13th January 2016, 12:00. Submission deadline: 20th January 2016, 12:00.


Who can apply?

Subject to eligibility, any UK business or research base partner undertaking research and development may apply. All projects must be collaborative, except for late-stage awards which can support individual companies or business partners working together through collaboration. Developing country partners must be involved for applicants targeting international development.


Want to find out more?

A briefing webinar for Round 5 of the competition will be held on 2nd July 2015. Click here to register here for the WEBINAR.

Further information is also available on our Agri-Tech Catalyst funding page.

The KTN’s Agri-team will be happy to provide advice on your potential application, and can provide help in finding partners for collaboration.

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