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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.

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European funding opportunities: Solar PV and CSP R,D&D projects

Solar ERA-NET Calls for Proposals:

Calls for Proposals under a Solar ERA-NET (Networking the European Research Area) programme are expected to be released at the end of this year to part-fund Solar PV and CSP R&D projects.  The ERA-NET Scheme is about the coordination and cooperation of national and regional programmes.  Several European countries are working together to prepare a coordinated funding programme for Solar PV and CSP R&D using their national budgets.  The total budget for this Solar ERA-NET has not yet been finalised.  Also, the details of the Calls themselves are still being finalised, so it is unknown as yet which Calls the UK will choose to participate in.  There is still a chance for organisations to contribute to the UK’s position on how the budget should be allocated, see below for more details on how to contribute.  We will be circulating more information on the Solar ERA-NET as it becomes available.

Horizon 2020 – the successor to FP7:

Horizon 2020 is the new €80 billion EU programme for investment in research and innovation, which will be the key EU level funding instrument for the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan after 2013, following on from Framework Programme 7.  The funding programme will run from 2014 to 2020 and will bring together all EU research and innovation funding under a single programme.  It is expected that the first Calls for Proposals for energy projects under Horizon 2020 will be launched in early 2014.     

Negotiations on the budget and governance structures that will be used to implement the new Horizon 2020 Programme are ongoing and not expected to conclude for some time yet.  However, proposals have been put forward, which represent significant increases on the current EU budgets available for Energy R, D&D funding.  The structure of the programme is also still being discussed, so there is also still a chance to have your say on its development.

If you are an organisation working in the UK solar R, D&D sector (particularly in industry) and would like to contribute to discussions about what the UK’s priorities should be for these European funding streams please contact the EU Energy Focus Team on energie@enviros.com or by calling 0161 874 3636 asap and by end September at the latest (for the Solar ERA-NET). 

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