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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Global Challenges Research Fund - call for evidence

The £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund has been set up to ensure UK science takes the lead in addressing the problems faced by developing countries, whilst developing our ability to deliver cutting-edge research. It is a BIS initiative which operates across a number of delivery partners, including the Research Councils, National Academies and HEFCE.

They have have launched a call for evidence to gather your views on the high-level challenges (see below) that will form the basis of the funding calls from the GCRF Collective Fund, the information gathered will also be shared with the other delivery partners so that it may inform their own strategies. They would also like your views on the most effective ways of delivering GCRF.

They are seeking inputs from individuals and institutions across all academic disciplines, non-governmental organisation and industrial sectors both in and outside of the UK.

Find out more about how you can contribute to this call for evidence at http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/gcrf/gcrf-call-for-evidence

The survey closes at 16.00 on 22 August 2016.

 
High level challenges:
  • HealthTo tackle diseases, strengthen health systems and reach the worlds’ most vulnerable.
  • Clean Energy To provide access to clean energy, including new technologies and the behavioural insights required for successful introduction to developing countries.
  • Sustainable AgricultureTo improve nutrition and food security, support technological innovation, and increase resilience to climate change.
  • Conflict and humanitarian actionNew insights and approaches for preventing conflict and violence, build stability and strengthen humanitarian action.
  • Foundations for Inclusive GrowthTo understand what works best for developing countries to build the foundations for economic development - macroeconomics, institutions, innovation and private sector growth, cities and infrastructure, education systems, jobs and skills.
  • Other potential topics identified include: mass migration and refugee crises and resilient systems.