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 Defence Security 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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£15M Health & Life Sciences Competition now open

Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in projects addressing technical or commercial challenges in health and life sciences (H&LS), with the aim of increasing competitiveness for UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The H&LS sector focuses on agriculture, food and healthcare. It is supported by bioscience technology, medical research and engineering and physical sciences expertise.


Who can apply?

Grants can be awarded to a consortium, led by a business, working with other organisations or research groups. All consortia must involve at least one SME. Innovate UK will welcome projects led by an SME. An SME can apply on its own for funding up to £100,000.


What funding is available?

There are 2 options to apply into this competition. These are dependent on the size and length of your project. These options are called streams:

  • Stream 1 is for projects under 12 months and under £100,000
  • Stream 2 is for projects over 12 months or over £100,000


Competition scope

The aim of this competition is to stimulate innovation in Health and Life Sciences (H&LS). Projects must cover at least one of the following Innovate UK priority areas:
  • increase yield, quality and sustainability in agriculture and food production
  • improve precision medicine, advanced therapies, preclinical technologies
  • advance biosciences in healthcare and agriculture and food production

Proposals should indicate how projects will enable a step change in competitiveness and productivity for at least one UK SME involved in the project.


Key Dates

  • Competition opens: 12 September 2016

  • Briefing events for applicants: 19 September 2016 (click here to find out more)
    A recording of the webcast will be available after the event from the Innovate UK competition page.

  • Registration deadline: Noon on 9 November 2016

  • Application deadline: Noon on 16 November 2016


Further information

You can find full details including the Competition Brief and Competition Guidance documents on the Innovate UK competition page.

A recording of the briefing event (19 September, London - click here to find out more) will be made available after the event from the Innovate UK competition page.

KTN's highly experienced team of Knowledge Transfer Managers will be happy to help you find collaborative partners and provide expert advice. You can contact us at enquiries@ktn-uk.org.