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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GP practices of the future: apply for business contracts

Organisations can apply for up to £100,000 to develop innovative ideas that will help GP practices tackle growing demands.

The NHS is seeking innovative ways to deal with increasing demands on GP surgeries.

NHS England and the academic health science networks are to invest in innovative business projects that help family doctors cope with increasing demands placed on their practices.

The demand for general practice is at its highest ever level.The number of face-to-face consultations increased by 13% between 2010 and 2015 at the same time as the number of GPs was declining.

GPs are expected to face increasing demands on their practices as more and more elements of care are pushed out of hospitals and into general practice.

The NHS is seeking to fund projects under SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) in three areas:

  • workload and demand management: solutions that better forecast the demands that will be placed on surgeries and help to release GP time
  • diagnostics and earlier triage: technology that allows rapid diagnostic testing to take place within general practices rather than in acute care
  • self-care: products that help the patient to look after themselves in partnership with their GP

Find out more about SBRI.

Competition information

  • the competition is open, and the deadline for applications is at noon on 24 November 2016
  • single companies or organisations from the private, public and third sectors, including charities, can apply
  • up to £100,000 is available for individual feasibility studies in the first stage of the competition
  • successful projects could attract contracts of up to £1 million for further development of the idea
  • funding is available in the form of 100% funded development contracts
  • briefing events will be held in Cambridge on 25 October 2016 and in Bristol on 27 October 2016