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.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here

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Translational Proof of Concept Awards to accelerate the fight against musculoskeletal disorders

Arthritis Research UK, the biggest funder of research into the cause, treatment and cure of all forms of arthritis in the UK, and the Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre, have joined together to offer funding to progress research ideas with commercial potential.

The Translational Proof of Concept Awards will provide support for one year with funding of up to £100,000 to accelerate exciting innovations that support the lives of people with arthritis.

Awards will be accepted from scientists and clinicians in UK universities, and will be judged on the clinical need, potential market opportunity and industry confidence to progress and support the technology to market.

The charity has joined forces with the national Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre to access expertise in product development, speeding up route to market and reducing the risk of late stage failure.

Dr Stephen Simpson, Director of Research at Arthritis Research UK said “We’re committed to supporting research that will have the greatest impact for the millions of people living with the pain of arthritis. Research is all about outcomes and practical benefits for patients, so it’s fundamentally important that our funds are invested in projects with the most potential and supported by innovation managers with a track record of commercial development”.

Professor John Fisher, Academic Director of the Medical Technologies IKC said “Developing innovative technologies that help the musculoskeletal system repair and restore function is at the very core of our work. Working in partnership with Arthritis Research UK means we can widen the reach of our know-how, into new technology areas and with new partners”.

Applying for an Arthritis Research UK Translational Proof of Concept Award

Those interested in learning more about the call are encouraged to read the Translational Proof of Concept Award call document and complete an Expression of Interest form - find them on our web page.

Translational Proof of Concept Award Launch

The Translational Proof of Concept Award Launch will be held in London on November 21st, with the opportunity to book 1-to-1 meetings to discuss potential projects.

Register now.