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 Digital Creative 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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£4m Innovate UK Collaborative R&D Competition - Enhancing user experience in retail

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million to support new ways of enhancing user experience in retail.

They are looking for projects that convert data about people into valuable insights that improve the user experience for customers and lead to commercial gains (for example, more customers, higher sales and increased profits) for retailers.
The competition is open to companies of any size in working in partnership. Proposals must be led by a business. Small and medium sized businesses could receive up to 60% of their eligible project costs and large businesses 50%.
Projects will be expected to last 12 to 24 months and total project costs to range in size from £400,000 to £1 million, although we may consider projects outside this range.
This competition opens on 16 March 2015. The deadline for registration is noon on 6 May 2015, and the deadline for expressions of interest is noon on 13 May 2015.
Briefing events for potential applicants will take place on: 
17 March 2015: West One, 9-10 Portland Place, London W1B 1P   
19 March 2015: The Studio, 51 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1FN
20 March 2015: The Scotsman, 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1TR
Events will be recorded for applicants who are unable to attend.
Further information about this funding programme available here.
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