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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Register now for £15M Health & Life Sciences Competition Briefing

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects addressing technical or commercial challenges relevant to the health and life sciences sector that will lead to increased UK SME competitiveness, growth and productivity.  The Health and Life Sciences sector has a focus on agriculture, food and healthcare, underpinned by technologies developed in bioscience and medical research and enabled by expertise in engineering and physical sciences. 


About the funding

Grants can be awarded to consortia, led by a business of any size, working with other businesses and/or research organisations.  All consortia must involve at least one SME and they will particularly welcome projects led by an SME. The aim of this competition is to stimulate and broaden business innovation in health and life sciences, leading to an increase in productivity.

A project may focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development depending on the challenge identified.

They expect projects to last from 6 to 36 months and to range in size from total costs of £50,000 to £2 million, depending on the type of project and activities proposed.

The competition opens on 12 Sept 2016 and the deadline for applications is noon on 16 Nov 2016.


Competition Briefing Event
19 September 2016, London

Note: The webcast of this event is now full, but a recording will be made available via the Innovate UK competition page after the event.

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is organising a Competition Briefing event to give potential applicants the opportunity to learn more about the Health and Life Sciences Competition. The event will also provide an opportunity to develop consortium ideas via networking with potential project partners, and Innovate UK and KTN staff will be onhand with expert advice.

Click here to register for the briefing day (London) >>


Key dates

  • Competition opens: 12 September 2016

  • Briefing events for applicants: Event in London on 19 September 2016

  • Registration deadline: Noon on 9th November 2016

  • Application deadline: Noon on 16th November 2016