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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Advance warning of funding opportunity - autonomous sensing call

The TSB and MOD's Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl) will shortly be launching a £??, challenge-led funding call for research into autonomous, collaborative distributed sensing. The call, to be published under the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), aims to is develop autonomous sensor modules which intelligently gather data and then distil it into information suitable for transmission to a central decision-making node. This technology will be aimed at the protection of high value, land-based facilities, such as forward military bases, airports and power stations. Areas of particular interest are likely to include:


*       Automatic detection, recognition and identification of threats

*       Novel autonomous sensing modes

*       Autonomous re-positioning

*       Intelligent state control and bandwidth management

*       Sensor health monitoring

*       Disseminating information to higher-level, decision-making network nodes

*       Autonomous sensor management and optimisation


It is envisaged that successful projects will be taken forward to prototyping and assessment, with a lead systems integrator, in the next phase of this joint TSB/Dstl programme.Call briefing events are being planned....watch this space.

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