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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Innovation practices in Health - Innovate UK/ AHRC survey

‘Innovation’ is an important word. It is heavily used, sometimes abused and often subject to diverse interpretations. But fundamentally it is a powerful driver in determining companies’ successes. It is also an ingredient that businesses want to capture and bottle. Knowing what it is and how competitors are gaining an edge is essential in a competitive marketplace. 
To this end, Innovate UK, together with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), are working with Lancaster University, Manchester Business School and Glasgow School of Art to undertake a nationwide survey of innovation practices within UK companies.
KTN is keen to help reach as many businesses as possible both to help build the evidence base for innovation practice across the UK and to use that insight to help shape future support mechanisms. To that end we are promoting the survey to companies across our networks and inviting them to participate by following this link. The following sectors are of particular interest to the research team: 
Digital Economy
Build Environment
Creative Industries
Electronics, Sensors and Photonics
For businesses, the survey offers a chance to assess and reflect upon their innovation practices, and benchmark their business within their sector and nationally. In return companies will receive a free summary of the study once complete, providing further insight and industry comparisons. All responses will be anonymised and treated in confidence, accessible only to the research team. 
The study team may be reached at survey_innovation@lancaster.ac.uk for further information.