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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India-UK Collaborative Industrial R&D Programme

Innovate UK and GITA (Global Innovation & Technology Alliance) provide grant funding to help participants build research partnerships and increase bilateral R&D collaboration between the UK and India, with the aim of generating new intellectual property and developing technology prototypes/processes.

In support of this activity, Sue Dunkerton, Director at the KTN was part of a team of UK researchers that attended a series of meetings on the topic of Affordable Healthcare during 9-13 February 2015. Meetings were organised by the Science & Innovation Network (SIN) and were held in Chennai, Mumbai and Pune with representatives from India spanning businesses, entrepreneurs, clinicians, researchers and government personnel. 

The meetings helped showcase some of the infrastructure and innovations arising from both countries, tempered with a degree of realism on some of the challenges faced by the India market. It is clear that, as with many countries, there are different markets with world leading capability building up India’s medical tourism business at one end to the real issue of affordability to deliver healthcare to large parts of the population in rural and poor areas.

Strong themes appearing were in diagnostics (affordable and point of care); infectious diseases; ophthalmology (India still has the largest numbers of blind people in the world); assistive technologies; digital health; heart conditions; biomaterials; sensors; patient communication.

Of the two main workshops in Chennai and Pune, we learnt of Chennai’s emphasis on medical tourism and Pune’s emphasis on education, research and innovation, with India’s first bio-incubator established here.

Attendees from both nations were encouraged to consider the India-UK Collaborative R&D Programme, which will support business led collaboration and aims to help build sustainable bilateral partnerships leading to economic growth and societal benefit. There is an open call at the moment with a deadline of April 15 (registration by April 8), but interested organisations are encouraged to think about getting ready for the next call as this is a short notice if relationships are not already established. UK organisations can receive up to £150,000 grant, @50% funding, for projects expected to last up to 2 years. Further information is available at:

https://interact.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/RqEt2AKmEBhi/content/india-uk-collaborative-industrial-r-d-programme

The KTN has connections in India to help find suitable partners – sue.dunkerton@ktn-uk.org

Thanks go to Sheryl Anchan, Advisory for the Science & Innovation Network, British Deputy High Commission, Mumbai for the organization of this mission.