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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Do you have a technology that could be applied for the detection of explosives and weapons?

£3 million funding for innovative research to support new methods for the detection of explosives and weapons

The Home Office is seeking proposals to support new methods for the detection of explosives and weapons and has identified your sector as a possible source of new technologies, or existing innovations which could be transferred into a new sector.

Total funding of up to £3 million is available over 3 years, as part of a 2 phase funding call. Further details of the call, challenges areas and examples of projects can be found here.


Seeking technologies from new sectors

Examples could include, but are not limited to:

  • novel sensors or materials to detect or identify explosives (or their precursors) or weapons (or their constituent parts)

  • imaging techniques from other sectors which could be applied to screening vehicles, goods, people or possessions

  • chemical imaging to detect trace residues of explosives on surfaces

  • adaptations of energy sensors to identify on-body threats

  • measurement techniques which could allow identification of objects concealed inside other objects

  • development of reliable means to calibrate and assure detection equipment in the field or in the laboratory

  • modelling and simulation to improve current screening processes

  • automation / enhancement of screening processes

  • atmospheric monitoring or waste water monitoring applied to detection of trace quantities of explosive or their precursors

  • human and behavioural factors which could be used to improve the overall security screening system


Find out more at our Bidder's Conference

We are hosting a Bidder’s Conference in Central London on the 27th September 2016, to provide further details of the call and give participants the opportunity to engage with Government representatives and end users. Given the nature of this call and the community involved, we need to close registrations early, on the 20th September, so if you think that you have something to offer to help address these important challenges, I would encourage you to apply for your place as soon as possible. Further details can be found here.

What: Innovative Research Call 2016 for Explosives and Weapons Detection Bidder's Conference

When: 27th September 2016

Where: Central London

Registration deadline:  20th September 2016

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Got a question?

You can contact Mark Littlewood, Specialist Emerging Technologies and Industries at mark.littlewood@ktn-uk.org.