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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.

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Directory of UK Research Facilities - New Edition

A revised edition of the Research Facilities Directory has been uploaded onto the Research Instrumentation subgroup.



High end instrumentation can often cost in the range of hundreds of thousands to millions of pounds.  Super sensitive mass spectrometers, scanning electron microscopes, measurement instrumentation and light sources require significant investment and technical staff to manage and maintain them.  Such instrumentation and technology is not accessible to most private companies or academic groups conducting research.  However, select research facilities and university departments have invested in such instrumentation, and many offer access to these facilities for external academic and private industry use.


This 3rd updated edition for 2011 includes 4 new facilities along with updates from those featured in the last edition. We detail a total of 60 such facilities on offer from university departments and research institutes.  Such provisions consist of technology service, hire/ loan of instrumentation or on site use of instrumentation that businesses or other academic groups do not normally have access to.  


To access the directory, please click here


Please join the Research Instrumentation subgroup



5 people have had something to say so far

The "Directory of Research Facilities" gives very little away on the requirements for a listing. Looking at the list from a power photonics viewpoint it is very disappointing: back in 2009 AILU published a list of about 30 active UK research centres involved in laser materials processing yet very few of these get a mention. This work was done as part of a photonics KTN project!

It would be a good idea if the ESP KTN would produce a directory that was a little more comprehensive.
Posted on 04/07/11 06:54.
I agree with Mike above. The company I currently work for "Narec" carries out research (and development) as part of private and public funded projects. Within the photonics space we work with silicon photovoltaics and have a number of research tools and a large amount of expertise that we can offer to the community. I would like the chance to be involved in the next version of this document.

Kind Regards,

Posted on 04/07/11 13:06 in reply to Mike Green.

Thanks for the comment. The Directory is an ongoing project and we are reliant on the managers of facilities notifying us of their activities. A call for information went out to the whole KTN when we began the update. I'll look to build the photonics input in subsequent editions.

Posted on 05/07/11 11:05 in reply to Mike Green.
Would folk find this more useful as an online browsable (simple) database? A bit like this one that we're building elsewhere: https://ktn.innovateuk.org/web/photovoltaics/sedb

Not exactly like that obviously - but that sort of thing. Let us know: this might be a better way for us to integrate the various data sources that we have.

Posted on 10/09/11 18:05 in reply to Mark Littlewood.

Unfortunately as you will see by separate email, even when we send material in the long gap between versions means it can (and indeed has) been lost and now those groups have to wait another year. That is disappointing.

Surely the Directory document can be updated more regularly as data comes in OR it can become a simple database as suggested by Steve


Posted on 10/10/11 11:29 in reply to Mark Littlewood.

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