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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CRACK IT 2016 Challenges - funding to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals

The CRACK IT challenge-led competition funds collaborations between industry, academics and SMEs to solve business and scientific 'Challenges' which if solved will deliver 3Rs and commercial benefits, either by improving business processes or developing a commercialisable product.

The 2016 CRACK IT Challenges competition consists of four Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors. This year the competition is funded by the NC3Rs, co-funding provided by Arthritis Research UK (“Osteo-chip”) and ESPRC (“Osteo-chip” and “Maximise”) and supported by Innovate UK (SBRI) with in-kind contribution from the Sponsors. In total there are nine Sponsors (Arthritis Research UK, GlaxoSmithKline, MRC Harwell, Roche, Bayer, Merck, Novartis, Syngenta and Dow Agrosciences).


What are the 2016 Challenges?

To develop reliable predictions which confidently classify mixtures of chemicals, including agrochemicals, for acute oral toxicity, skin and eye irritation with a focus on relevance for human safety. 
The overall aim of the EASE CRACK IT Challenge is to generate an approach that improves the implantation rates of early stage embryos when combined with extended in vitro culture and non-surgical embryo transfer techniques. 
The overall aim is to establish a 3D retinal cell model which is physiologically-competent and predictive of human physiology. 
An in vitro model to recapitulate the human osteoarthritic joint.


Launch event, 8 September 2016, London

An event is being held to launch the competition in central London on 8 September 2016, providing invaluable access to potential new partners and to the Challenge Sponsors. Networking at the event is intended to stimulate discussion between applicants and Sponsors to help put together a winning application.

This event is free to attend but registration is essential. Please register before 1 September 2016.


Find out more about CRACK IT 2016 Challenges at https://www.crackit.org.uk