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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There's a monster coming

The Artemis Spring Event was held in Brussels on the 13th of March. Bit of a struggle getting there, Eurostar was snowed-off on the 12th and I'd planned to go over in the evening after Innovate UK 2013. Luckily some service resumed on the 13th so I got there a little delayed but in time for the session on the future of the Joint Technology Initiative Joint Undertakings, Artemis and Eniac as we more usually call them.

Time flies. Artemis and Eniac are in their final year both having resulted in several billions of Industrial R&D in embedded systems and semiconductor technologies respectively. The Public Private Partnership model with an industrially led Strategic Research Agenda has been successful if a little heavy on the admin side. The intention now is to brigade Artemis, Eniac and EPoSS (the Smart Systems European Technology Platform) into one coherent body from 2014. The regulation required to establish this monster is grinding its way through the Brussels machine.

It is going to be big. Budgets are yet to be decided and will be dependent on what National Administrations can put into the pot. We are probably looking at €3Bn - €5Bn over a five-year period for massively collaborative, industry focused projects. Again, all to be decided, but many present 'felt' projects at around €150Mn would be 'about the right size'.

By way of groundwork the three organisations collaborated on a High Level Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the ICT Components and Systems Industries (SRIA). This sets out the rationale, has some excellent facts and figures, a candid SWOT analysis - and is surprisingly readable. A link to the SRIA is here

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