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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Detection of Clandestines at Borders

Funding of £400k is available for this Phase 1 competition from the Home Office’s Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) and Border Force. Border Force is a professional law enforcement command within the Home Office and is responsible for securing the UK border and controlling migration at 138 ports and airports across the UK and overseas.

A clandestine entrant is a person who passes, or attempts to pass, through UK immigration control concealed in a vehicle; and current migration trends across the EU are at an all time high.

Currently Border Force deploys heartbeat detection sensors for use in the detection of clandestine migrants, plus other detection techniques including CO2 probes and passive millimetric wave imaging.

The challenge is to improve the current capability to quickly screen for clandestines in a variety of vehicles and loads in environments that meet the H&S requirements for use in the UK, France and Belgium. This may be achieved by, for example:

  • a single detector, combining technologies for selection and screening
  • improvements to current detectors for use in different types of vehicle
  • improvements to the security of vehicles to make gaining entry more challenging and detection of tampering quicker improvements to the security of the environment particularly within the port boundaries to prevent individuals from gaining entry unnoticed.

The competition will open on Monday 20th October, 2014 and close at midday on 15th January 2015.For further information click here