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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Flexible Manufacturing Competition for Funding

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £7m in collaborative R&D projects to encourage flexible manufacturing. 

The aim of this competition is to encourage the development, demonstration and implementation of novel equipment, processes and/or systems. These should enable UK manufacturers to react quickly and efficiently to changes in raw materials, customer requirements and manufacturing resource availability.

This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 17 November 2014. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 4 February 2015

A briefing event for potential applicants will be held in London on 26 November 2014.

In addition, we are encouraging applicants to attend one of two free business modelling workshops. Workshop 1 will be in London on 26 November 2014 after the briefing event, and workshop 2 will be in Sheffield on 7 January 2015.

Click here for more information on this funding competition.

Partnering Forum
To support innovators interested in participating in the Flexible Manufacturing call, a brokerage forum has been set up on the FM SIG website to allow potential partners to highlight their capabilities and the type of partner that they are interested in connecting to. Members can post directly to this area when signed in whilst others can only view discussions.

If you are searching for a particular partner with specific capabilities to fit into your project please start your post with PARTNER SOUGHT.

If you want to highlight your capabilities to attract potential partners so that you can develop or join a project please start your post with PROJECT SOUGHT.