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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Up to £19m funding: first of a kind deployment of innovation

Businesses can apply for a share of £19 million to evaluate new infrastructure technologies for the first time in real-world environments.

Innovate UK is to invest up to £19 million in innovation projects that test new infrastructure technologies for the first time in user-facing applications.

The aim of this competition is to enable selected innovative infrastructure systems solutions to take the final step to market readiness by proving:

  • repeatable financing and business cases for the innovation
  • that the innovation delivers the expected outcomes when integrated in complex real-world applications

Proposals should also help inform Innovate UK about the role that new financial products can play in supporting this stage of the commercialisation process in future.

The competition will be in 2 phases:

Phase 1 – funded study

Innovate UK expects projects to range in size up to total costs of £50,000. Projects should last up to 3 months.

Phase 2 – testing the innovation in a commercial environment

Innovate UK expects projects to range in size from total costs of £250,000 to £5 million. Projects should be deployed within 1 year.

If you are a business, you can carry out the project on your own or you can collaborate with others. You must involve an end customer. If you are not an SME you must involve one. A business must lead the project.

Key dates

The competition opens on 18 July 2016

You must register before noon on 24 August 2016.

Register and apply

You must apply before noon on 31 August 2016.


Watch the 12 July briefing event recording.

Fuull details including how to apply available here.

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