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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Innovate businesses awarded £3.15 million in Long Term Care Revolution SBRI national challenge

Over recent months, Innovate UK has been running a competition for a new two year programme called the ‘Long Term Care Revolution’.

The two winners have now been announced.

Firstly, The CHIRON consortium will receive £2m to develop a modular robotic solution that can be adapted to different assistive tasks.

CHIRON's various components will be designed to be mixed and matched enabling the user to undertake a wide range of domestic and self-care tasks independently. The project will create a prototype that will lead to the development of a commercially viable product.

It is envisaged that CHIRON could help people with personal hygiene tasks in the morning, help people get ready for the day and even support people with meal preparation. The system could be adapted and upgraded as the needs of a person changes. The system could also be linked to home telecare sensors and other assistive living arrangements.

The second winner (awarded £1m) is the ‘Give & Take Care Project’ led by Professor Heinz Wolff. The project aims to solve the challenge of how affordable care can be provided in the context of increasing demand due to the ageing population and medical improvements.

People take part in ‘Give & Take Care’ through supporting or caring for an older person in their community. The hours of support the caregivers provide are recorded and they get credits - or ‘GATs’ – for each hour of care they have undertaken. They can then use their GATs in the future towards their own care or that of a friend or relative.

Professor Wolff is confident that Give & Take Care promises more than just an innovative way of providing care. He believes it can build stronger communities, spur the development of new assisted living devices and provide a platform for new research.

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Innovate businesses awarded £3.15 million in Long Term Care Revolution SBRI national challenge

Innovate UK funding for assistive robotic system will offer a 'new perspective on ageing'

Leading the care revolution