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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China-UK Newton Fund call now open! Opportunities for the Healthcare Sector

Innovate UK, the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) for the People's Republic of China are to invest up to £16 million in the China–UK research and innovation bridges competition. This will fund projects which propose new commercial solutions to critical challenges impacting the socio-economic growth and development of China in relation to energy, healthcare, urbanisation and agri-food. 
The UK investment has been made possible through the Business, Innovation and Skills-managed Newton Fund. The aim of the competition is to bring together companies (small to medium-sized companies and/or larger businesses), research organisations, academics and other collaborators from China and the UK for the joint research and development of new solutions to key socio-economic challenges, in the form of innovative products, processes or services. The principal market a project must consider is China.
The deadline for stage 1 applications is at noon UK time on 30 March 2016. UK applicants must register by noon on 23 March 2016, one week before the application deadline.
To facilitate the partnership of UK and Chinese organisations, KTN is hosting the following activities:
Partnering webinar (14 January)
The webinar will consist of an overview of the call followed by an opportunity for both UK and Chinese participants to pitch their project ideas or technology offerings to help find partners.Find out more here.
Brokering visit (16 - 24 January)
A visit for UK stakeholders to China during the tentative dates between 16 - 24 January 2016, inclusive of travel time, focusing on the healthcare and urbanisation sectors only. Deadline for applications is 17:00 on Tuesday 15th December. Find out more here
Online partnering tool
Meeting Mojo is an online database which has been created specifically for this competition. It allows all interested applicants, from both UK and China, to register and add a profile. You can then search and contact partners to discuss and determine whether you are a good match to apply as a project team for grant funding. Find out more here.