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 Electronics, Sensors, Photonics 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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£ 70 m Agri-Tech Catalyst - Funding Competition and Workshop Registration Open!

The latest funding round of the £ 70 m Agri-Tech Catalyst has opened, offering funding for collaborative projects that provide innovative solutions to global challenges in the agricultural technology (‘Agri-Tech’) sector.


About the competition

Applications are welcome from any sector or discipline that demonstrates the potential to meet these challenges. Science and technology advances are key areas to be exploted, breakthroughs in remote sensing, satellite imaging, nutrition, genetics, robotics, informatics are driving major global investment in Agri-Tech. In all projects multidisciplinary collaborations and approaches are encouraged.

As an example of the multi-sector applicability of this competition – please take a look at the recent ESP KTN / Bioscience KTN publication Precision Farming, which highlights where sectors such as space technology, robotics and autonomous systems, novel imaging and photonics, nutrient sensors and biosensors and many others have already had a vast impact on the sustainable intensification of agriculture.

For competition specifics, please refer to the Competition Guide for Applicants – which is designed to help applicants understand the scope of the competition and application processes.


Workshop details

In addition to the Competition Guide, several consortia-building workshops are being organized to help you apply for the competition by providing the opportunity to:

·       Better understand the competition scope, with presentations from Technology Strategy Board staff

·       Identify potential project partners, with opportunities for delegate presentations and networking

·       Find out what makes a good project and proposal.



These events are free but places are limited, so please register soon. Three workshop events are planned:

Edinburgh 27th January 2014  https://agri-tech-edinburgh.eventbrite.co.uk
Cardiff 11th February 2014  https://agri-tech-cardiff.eventbrite.co.uk
Belfast  17th February 2014  https://agri-tech-belfast.eventbrite.co.uk



If you have any questions about the competition or briefing events, or have a project in mind but require assistance finding potential project partners- please contact David Telford at Biosciences KTN, david.telford@biosciencektn.com 01316 517 331

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