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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 Energy 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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Solar Eranet Cofund Competition Pre-Opening Webinar

Please join us on Monday, 21 November 2016, 12-13 CET for a pre-opening information webinar where Innovate UK and cofund partners will take you through the core elements of the upcoming Solar Eranet Cofund call.

  • Hear about the core details of the competition
  • Understand which Eranet partners are funding projects
  • Be introduced to the follow up brokering webinar (your chance to pitch and partner!) which will take place on 12 December 2016, 12-14 CET,  

The SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund will launch its Transnational Call in PV and CSP on December 5th 2016. 11 countries and regions will participate with their RTD and innovation programmes in this call. The total public funding budget for both calls is €19 million, covering topics in photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP). Innovative project proposals are sought on a transnational level between different European countries, strengthening the competitive position of the European solar power industry. Preproposals have to be submitted no later than 20th February 2017.

The following topics are part of the second set of transnational calls:

  • A) Innovative and low-cost PV manufacturing issues
  • B) Advanced PV products and applications
  • C) PV system integration
  • D) CSP cost reduction and system integration

What is SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund?

An ERA-NET Cofund is designed to support public-public partnerships, including a trans-national call for proposals with top-up funding coming from the European Union. The SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund is a H2020 funded European network of national and regional funding organisations and RTD and innovation programmes in the field of solar electricity generation, i.e. photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) / solar thermal electricity (STE).

The SOLAR-ERANET Cofund shall contribute to reaching the objectives of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) by carrying out the coordination and support actions between national and regional RTD and innovation programmes. The SET-Plan aims to increase, coordinate and focus EU support on key low-carbon energy technologies in order to achieve Europe’s 2020 energy objectives in the future. The goal of SOLAR-ERA.NET is to undertake joint activities, namely joint calls, in key topic and priority areas in accordance with the SET-Plan.

This Cofund call can be considered a follow-up activity of SOLAR-ERA.NET that launched four joint calls in the previous years. The SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund Action is supported by funding from the European Union‘s HORIZON 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

For more information on the call and network visit: www.solar-era.net or email: info@solar-era.net.

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