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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Anticipating great outcomes by remembering a fine day out - PFI, BAFTA, March 24th

The dust still refuses to settle following our packed-to-capacity TSB Competition Briefing and Partnering For Innovation Event held at BAFTA last thursday. It was good to observe from the touchlines so much animated discussion between corporate, SME & academic representatives from the full spectrum of the creative industries. Considering the appropriately exacting nature of the TSB's proposal submission requirements there were of course some weighty matters of application criteria to wade through - costs, finance, grant allocations, joint electronic submissions...ok, enough. Yet conversely the day's proceedings inevitably yielded to some delicate touches of well-timed humour. I believe it was the TSB's Alex Stanhope who occasioned the first ripple of laughter with the obviously tongue-in-cheek bombshell "Metadata is the antichrist of creativity." Chris Yapp also delivered a few retweetable witticisms most notably "The definition of collaboration is the suppression of mutual loathing for the purpose of securing public funding." We should inaugurate a digital archive to preserve these kind of conference gems.

But on a more businesslike note, here at CIKTN we have been impressed, to say the least, by the range of project funding ideas that have to date been posted on our platform - 73 in total! Investigating the semantic web to ascertain how it can help knowledge integration and interoperability in Building Information Modelling. Using open standards of metadata for collaborative video editing across multiple geographic locations. Ubiquitous computing to harness the 'contextual footprint' of people and things. Supply chain integration in industrial design and monetisation of inputs along the product design path. Using streaming server metering to verify content i.d., track online useage and issue royalty reports. Creating a bottom-of-the-pyramid global network of cinemas enabling systemic improvement of access to opportunity, knowledge and culture for disadvantaged or disenfranchised communities...A full list of all submitted project ideas can be further reviewed within the Events section of our website.


Additionally some selected attendee voxpops plus a series of slideshare presentations as delivered by the keynote speakers are now available by way of post-event support. Plus those who attended the day have since received an email detailing channels via which any further requests may be communication. Good luck to all applying!

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