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.

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€4m for 'Design-based consumer goods'

European Commission - Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)
 
COS-DESIGN-2015-3-06: Design-based consumer goods II
 
The call for design-based consumer goods aims to shorten the time-to-market of innovative solutions, remove obstacles to wider application of creative solutions, create or enlarge markets for related products (or services) and finally improve the competitiveness of European SMEs in world markets. Moreover, there is an important potential to replicate the innovations not only in participating SMEs but also across the supply-chain while generating important spill-over effects.
 
Design-based consumer goods SMEs are diverse and cover value chains composed of  design, product development, manufacturing and distribution operations of various sectors, including for example textiles, clothing, leather and fur products, footwear, bags and accessories, sports goods, games and toys, interior home decoration products (e.g. furniture, sanitary products, floor, wall and window coverings, table and kitchen ware, glassware), spectacles, watches, jewellery, various cosmetic and beauty products, etc.
 
The European design-based consumer goods SMEs rely on creativity, design and best available technologies. Many promising solutions for the industry may already exist at prototype stage but often they do not reach the market due to commercialisation obstacles and residual risks linked to scaling-up. They may also result from the fragmented structure of the activities involved, constituted typically by a large number of SMEs, with difficulties to attract the necessary skills and finance (“valley of death”).
 
The Call will support projects of SMEs:
 
- Deploying novel products, services or solutions through first application, market uptake or replication of “state of the art” technologies and creative solutions, which
- Have already been technically demonstrated, but
- Due to scaling up and/or commercialisation risks need incentives to penetrate the market.
 
The Call will support breakthrough products services and innovative solutions technically ready for market uptake that reduce the time to market and remove obstacles to wider application (i.e. barriers for market uptake).
 
BUDGET AVAILABLE AND FUNDING OF PROJECTS
 
The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at EUR 4,000,000. The typical size of the EU contribution will be between EUR 800 000 and 1 million per selected project.
 
The EASME expects to fund between 4-5 proposals.
The grant is limited to a maximum reimbursement rate of 50% of eligible costs.
The EASME reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available.
 
Submission of proposals
 
The deadline for electronic submission is 14 April 2016 17.00 hours (Brussels time).
The electronic submission reference for this call will be COS-DESIGN-2015-3-06.
Please click and access the Participant Portal to draft and submit proposals.
 
Further details available here.