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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 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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£30,000 to identify key research challenges in Regenerative Device Development

Call for submissions: Crowdsourcing competition

£30,000 to identify key research challenges in Regenerative Device Development

About this competition

The Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) is partnering with Leeds University Business School to open a medical technologies innovation competition through crowdsourcing software.

The evaluation of ideas and selection of winners will be carried out through an online process that will allow a large multi-disciplinary panel to compare anonymised proposals.

Three winning applicants will receive funding of up to £10,000 (FEC) from the IKC to enable a feasibility study, or Proof of Scientific Principle project, and will benefit from professional support throughout the study from staff at the IKC.

Upon successful completion of the feasibility study, the winning applicants will have the opportunity to apply for IKC Proof of Concept funding, which is typically around £100,000 (FEC) per project.

It is quick and easy to enter the competition, and may be of particular value to early career researchers who want to gain an insight into research translation projects.

Who can apply?

Applications can be submitted by academic and postdoctoral research staff at UK universities and associated research institutions.

Companies wishing to put forward ideas are encouraged to do so, but they must apply in partnership with a university or research institution where the project will take place as we cannot fund companies directly.

Please seek the approval of your supervisor and Technology Transfer Office in advance of submitting an application.

You may submit more than one application.

What we want to fund

The Centre is looking to fund 3 early stage research projects, at Technology Readiness Levels 1 to 3. In line with RCUK guidelines, the IKC will fund 80% FEC on projects up to £10,000 (FEC).

Projects will aid the fundamental understanding and development of innovation in the following technology areas:

  • Directly implanted regenerative devices, including scaffolds, biomaterials and devices which deliver tissue repair and regeneration.

  • Enabling technologies, including enhanced simulation methods for design, development and pre-clinical evaluation providing evidence of safety and efficacy at the pre-clinical stage.

  • Companion technologies, including aspects of advanced imaging and diagnostics to determine the disease state of the patient and the patient response to treatment.

The studies may prepare the technologies for future Proof of Concept funding, by, for example, investigating or demonstrating the feasibility of a technology concept. In addition to the opportunity to apply for Proof of Concept funding, the winners will also be offered (a) some time from a Technology Innovation Manager in the IKC, and (b) further evaluation and feedback from the panel of around 20 evaluators.

More information and how to apply here