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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Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB) Biopharmaceutical Accelerator : Funding Opportunity

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), in collaboration with the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) have released a Funding Opportunity Announcement to establish the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB) Biopharmaceutical Accelerator.  The Accelerator represents a novel public private partnership that will support research and development to accelerate candidate products (drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics) into clinical development.

Through this funding announcement, BARDA and NIAID will identify and select an existing Industry, non-profit organization, incubator or life science accelerator to lead this effort and leverage Industry experience performing the functions of an accelerator. The Accelerator will fund research and development (R&D) activities to help progress candidate products from the proof-of-concept stage through pre-clinical development. Candidates that graduate from the Accelerator will be better positioned for follow on R&D investment and clinical development. There are various Accelerator models in the marketplace. The Accelerator will be a non-equity accelerator that provides non-dilutive funding to product developers for R&D activities and enables the product developers to retain full ownership and control of their company.  The Accelerator will be focusing only on antibacterial products. 

The Accelerator that will focus on 1) funding development of antimicrobial products to further enhance the pipeline, 2) offering a suite of capabilities to rapidly shuttle successful product candidates through early development, 3) providing business and drug development guidance, and 4) decreasing the risks and barriers that impact further R&D investment by pharmaceutical companies, private investors and government partners. 

 The FOA can be found at:  EP-IDS-16-001

Interested parties should plan on attending a Pre-Application workshop on March 3, 2016 from 3:00PM – 5:00PM EST at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, in the Auditorium, located at 200 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20201.