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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.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

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Still time to bid for the SBRI Competition: GNSS Antenna - Proposals need to be submitted by 10 December

This SBRI call is seeking research proposals in the area of low-SWAP GNSS Multi-frequency or Wideband Antennas and is co-funded by Innovate UK and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) with up to £650k available. 
Global Positioning System (GPS) use is now ubiquitous and its success has prompted major developments in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) generally. The current challenge is to develop solutions that can take advantage of opportunities presented by the emergence of GNSS signals for both military and civil applications. This will require assured precise Position, Velocity and Time (PVT) information for a variety of low Space, Weight and Power (SWaP) applications including navigation, targeting, guidance, situational awareness and time synchronisation. 
Phase one of the competition is for proof-of-concept studies which de-risk GNSS Multi frequency or Wideband Antenna technologies, and advise the future system performance specifications. The requirement is for a modular/scalable design, maximising Open Standards for a multi constellation, multi frequency system. 
It is considered that the dismounted soldier applications represent the highest priority and most challenging conditions due to their exacting SWaP requirements and the necessary resilience required by military users. However, these antenna designs have applications far beyond the military; law enforcement, civil aerospace, mobile telecommunications, logistics, emergency management and infrastructure applications all could derive benefits from low SWaP antennae array systems for GNSS.
Phase 2 funding to develop a working prototype will be available for those projects that demonstrate the greatest potential at the end of the initial 3-month Phase 1 contract.
The competition closes noon 10 December 2014 but you must register by 3 December 2014.
A WEBINAR for potential applicants was held on Tuesday, 21 October.
SBRI is a mechanism which enables public sector bodies to connect with innovative ideas and technology businesses to provide innovative solutions to specific Public Sector challenges and needs. SBRI competitions are open to all organisations that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution. The SBRI scheme is particularly suited to small and medium-sized business, as the contracts are of relatively small value and operate on short timescales. Developments are 100% funded and focus on specific identified needs, increasing the chance of exploitation. Suppliers for each project will be selected by an open competition process and retain the intellectual property generatedfrom the project, with certain rights of use retained by the contracting Authority. This is an excellent opportunity to establish an early customer fora new technology and to fund its development. 
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