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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Horizon 2020 Opportunities in Manufacturing: Factories of the Future

Horizon 2020 is the successor to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for European investment in R&D. Running from 2014-2020, Horizon 2020 will have a budget of €80 billion.


Last week, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) (contacts: Malcolm Hannaby and Will Barton) facilitated a workshop to scope and prioritise opportunities for Horizon 2020 funding calls in manufacturing in:

  • Factories of the Future; and

  • Resource and energy efficiency in the process industry

The Factories of the Future roadmap is being developed by The European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA)


Sustainable Process Industry opportunities are being scoped by Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE)


Workshop delegates were invited from a number of leading manufacturers, industries and supporting organisations, including ESP KTN and the Chemistry KTN, Transport KTN, Materials KTN and HealthTech & Medicines KTN.


The ESP community has much to gain in contributing to these areas of R&D, for example in Adaptive and Smart Manufacturing Systems, and Horizon 2020 provides the platform and funding to engage with European projects from 2014.


If you'd like to get engaged in the Horizon 2020 scoping and prioritisation work in this area, contact the TSB contacts or directly contact EFFRA.

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