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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TSB: New funding competition will address challenge of generating revenue from digital content


TSB: New funding competition will address challenge of generating revenue from digital content 


Competition opens: 13 September 2010


The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £5 million in collaborative research and development projects that will demonstrate how businesses may increase revenues from the metadata relating to their digital content. The ease with which content can be copied and distributed is threatening the economic viability of content-based businesses.  Better metadata systems - ways of storing information about individual items of content - offer a possible route to improving consumer access to content and to helping rights holders better manage and exploit their assets. Through this competition, the Technology Strategy Board will invest in collaborative R&D projects that will develop prototypes, demonstrators, tools or solutions to address this challenge.  Such solutions may include, for example:

  • commercially exploitable interoperability between different existing metadata systems such as databases, ontologies and schema;
  • technologies to ensure the persistent association of content with its metadata;
  • increased understanding, analysis and exploitation of patterns of content use in networks that could lead to new revenue opportunities for content owners;
  • increased accessibility of content through more effective navigation and discovery services at the consumer and business interface;
  • novel approaches to visualisation of metadata;
  • increased efficiencies in licensing, rights clearance and remuneration for the use of digital content;
  • new services or business models that exploit the value of metadata as an asset in its own right.


The competition, which opens on 13 September 2010, will fund two types of projects.  Firstly, fast-track projects, which must be led by creative industry SMEs.  The total value of each project must be less than £100,000 and they should be completed within 12 months.  The Technology Strategy Board will invest up to £600,000 in such projects.  Secondly, mainstream projects of more than £100,000 total project value, which must be business-led.  The Technology Strategy Board will invest up to £4.4 million in these projects, which will typically last between 1 and 2 years. For more information visit the Technology Strategy Board website on the competition and the Press release


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