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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Two new funding competitions for Agriculture and Food - Invitation to Consortia Building Events

The Food and Agriculture Teams of the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) are hosting free consortia building workshops to promote two Innovate UK collaborative R&D funding calls.

The aim of these workshops is to enable potential applicants to get a better understanding of the competition process, rules and scope. The workshops are also designed to help with consortia building, by offering a great opportunity for delegates to pitch their capabilities and network with potential collaborative partners.


Optimising food composition: fat, sugar, salt and fibre

KTN is organising two free consortia-building workshops to promote this forthcoming £10M Innovate UK collaborative R&D call, to reduce salt, sugar, fat and increase dietary fibre across the food whole food chain from primary production to food manufacturing:

Who should attend?
Those involved in primary production, food processing and manufacturing and the retail environment (both in commercial companies and research organisations)
Providers of solutions (novel ingredients; novel processes; novel technologies)

The competition will open on 5 Oct 2015, with a deadline for applications on 18 Nov 2015.

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Satellites for food

A new £3M Innovate UK funding competition is being launched for projects to improve the productivity of agri-food systems using satellite technology.

KTN is hosting a consortia building event on 7 Oct in London to bring together leading Agriculture and Food organisations with Satellite and Space companies.

The event will help attendees to improve understanding of the challenges in the agriculture and food sector, and what satellites can do to help.
In addition to providing a briefing on the new Innovate UK competition, this event will also cover relevant Horizon 2020 agriculture calls, with multi-million funding opportunities available.

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Why satellite technology is relevant to agriculture and food

New space services, such as the European navigation system, Galileo, and the European remote sensing system, Copernicus, are coming online.  Together with new global data providers, these have the potential to create a disruptive change and the UK is well positioned to take advantage.

Space enabled systems using technologies such as precision navigation, remote sensing (earth observation) and satellite communications can provide opportunities for more efficient agriculture and food production. There are numerous opportunities, with just a few examples below:

In livestock production:

  • Livestock monitoring/tracking, and approaches such as “virtual fencing”
  • Whole farm system connectivity e.g. communications between sensors on animals and a central database

In crop production:

  • Yield/Biomass/Soil mapping and monitoring
  • Farm machinery guidance and auto steer/controlled traffic

In the food supply chain:

  • Stock movement/traceability and provenance
  • Supply side management and logistics/delivery

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Got a question?

KTN's Agriculture and Food Teams are always happy to help you form new collaborations, identify suitable funding schemes and mentor your project proposals.

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