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.

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EPSRC announces funding for a new Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics

On Friday 22 November the EPSRC and cabinet minister David Willetts announced 72 new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across the UK, including the Heriot-Watt led Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics. Delivered in partnership with the Universities of St Andrews, Strathclyde, Glasgow and Dundee, this CDT combines taught courses in photonics and electronics along with MBA business modules to produce graduates with an understanding of photonic- / electronic-engineering design, fabrication and systems integration, together with high-level business, management and communication skills. The emphasis of the new Centre reflects the fact that photonics and electronics are highly integrated across a multitude of modern devices and systems.
Twenty-three industrial partners have committed to sponsoring 50 EngD and a further 15 PhD places aligned to the Centre.  Their cash contributions and those of the EPSRC and the university partners combine to make the total value of the Centre £8.9M, not including an estimated £7M of further in-kind support.
Access to support for industrial research projects is open to any company with a UK research activity and a project aligned to the remit of the Centre.  Projects run for 48 months, with the student based in the company full time following the completion of taught-course training after the first 8 months.  The industrial subscription is £12.5K / annum / project.  Companies are fully involved in the selection and recruitment of candidates for any project they offer.
Further information: 
Centre Director: Prof. Derryck T. Reid, 0131 451 3652
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