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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Up to £6m investment available in new SBRI 'An Integrated Future for Cities' competition

The Technology Strategy Board is investing up to £6m in an SBRI competition to develop innovative solutions that can help cities plan more successfully for the future.

This SBRI competition aims to encourage new ways of achieving better integration of infrastructure and services across a city, by improving understanding of how elements of these systems interact with each other.


Up to £6m is available to encourage companies to develop prototypes and to demonstrate how they would link up different city models. Solutions should enable users to interact with multiple models to tackle different city problems. Contracts will be awarded to single suppliers, who may sub-contract to other partners.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:


  • you must demonstrate the interoperation of different kinds of model - both ‘hard' physical models (such as transportation, buildings, water, waste), and ‘soft' behavioural and social models (such as health, education,  crime, community wellbeing). A key criterion for delivery will be demonstrating a route to incorporating future models of unknown types
  • your prototype must require an element of research and development, and you should demonstrate a route to market for your solution
  • any software components must provide an open and documented interface to interact with other inter and intra-city systems.


They are keen to fund alternative approaches to a solution, so expect that funded projects will come together to share learning.


This competition is open to all organisations that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution. Successful organisations will attract a 100%-funded development contract of up to £2m (inclusive of VAT), and projects will last up to three years.


The competition opened on 14 July 2014. The deadline for registration is noon on 7 January 2015 and the deadline for applications is noon on 14 January 2015. A webinar briefing will be held on 22 July 2014.


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