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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Supply Chain Innovation towards a Circular Economy

A new Technology Strategy Board collaborative R&D funding competition will be launched late September entitled ‘Supply Chain Innovation towards a Circular Economy’. 

To support companies interested in submitting proposals Chemistry Innovation, together with the Environmental Sustainability and Materials KTNs, are holding two free networking events in October.

A major strategy for achieving more sustainable use of resources is to “close the loop” and transition to a circular economy. This is where materials are used over multiple product lifetimes while retaining the quality and economic value of the material.  Moving to a more circular economy offers companies substantial opportunities for cost reduction, mitigation of supply risks and value generation through brand differentiation. 

The principle issue for manufacturers in moving to a circular economy is getting materials back. This competition is likely to target improving the recovery of valuable materials in supply chains to develop circular economy approaches that:

  • Reduce the global environmental impact of materials that we use

  • Reduce dependance on key raw materials where the supply is potentially at risk

It is expected that projects will focus on novel design approaches and new business models to maximise retained value at the end-of-life before the material enters a general waste stream.

If you’re interested in learning more about this funding competition, hearing from past successful competition winners and networking with other businesses interested in applying then please join us at one of the following events:

3rd October, London
For further information and to register for this event


21st October, Manchester, 
Registration to open soon

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