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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Manufacturing firms offered £1 million to testbed ideas for managing innovation


Manufacturing employers, of all sizes, have a chance to bid for funding worth up £150,000 each to test ideas for how to better manage the process of innovation.

Manufacturers are being challenged to design or pilot experimental workplace practices for maximising the value of innovation - in return for up to £1 million of government support.

The ‘Skills for Innovation in Manufacturing’ competition, launched in January and run by The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), focuses on management and science skills for improved innovation. This competition requests employer-led proposals, to run as 12 month as joint investments, alongside a maximum government contribution of £150,000.

Suggested projects could offer solutions in such fields as Innovation-relevant management development; Innovation-relevant commercialisation development; Recruitment, retention and career pathways; Job design and Incentivising innovation.

The deadline for submission of proposals is midday on Wednesday 11 March.


Focus on management, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths skills


The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills offers guidance on skills and employment issues.

Its ‘Skills for Innovation in Manufacturing’ competition focuses on the range of management, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths skills required to manage and commercialise innovation.

Employer-led proposals are requested from companies of all sizes, in the manufacturing sector. Proposals must be joint investments, with employers investing in cash, in-kind, or both, alongside a maximum government contribution of £150,000 per project.


Innovation = the organisational or commercial application of creativity in new ways for new ends


Innovation is defined in the briefing for this competition as the organisational or commercial application of creativity in new ways for new ends.

A government assessment of the UK science and innovation, undertaken for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in 2014, identified planning, recruiting, training, retention, progression and performance management as weak parts of the system, with worrying deficiencies in basic skills, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths skills and management.

The competition closes at midday on Wednesday 11 March 2015. Successful projects would be expected to start in June 2015 with UKCES funding available until June 2016, but with most of the UKCES contribution expected to be made prior to April 2016.

For more information or to apply visit the competition page.

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