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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Key messages from 'The Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations'

The Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations has been published July 15.

Key messages from the report include:

Effective brokerage is crucial, particularly for SMEs, and continued support is needed for activities that help seed collaborations.
 

This brokerage requires digital tools to facilitate the identification of potential research partners, complemented by clear signposting and access to support from appropriately informed people — at present, no UK-wide service exists that adequately addresses this need. It is also essential that funding is available to kick-start collaborations. Innovate UK and the Research Councils currently provide a number of schemes to help with this. Schemes which tend to be considered particularly valuable in this respect are those which underpin smallscale projects, such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and CASE studentships, and those which can be deployed flexibly and rapidly in response to emerging opportunities, such as Higher Education Innovation Funding and Impact Acceleration Accounts.

Technology transfer offices need to prioritise knowledge exchange over short-term income generation, and further work is required to improve approaches to contracts and IP agreements.
 

Universities have rightly become more aware of the importance of intellectual property and have significantly professionalised their knowledge exchange activities. However, there is a tension between the desire to earn short-term income from their IP and the need to deliver wider public benefit, and potentially greater long-term return on investment from this IP. The emphasis needs to shift towards the latter, and this must be reflected in technology transfer office funding models and success metrics. Notwithstanding the substantial work already undertaken to improve approaches to establishing contracts and IP agreements, this area remains a major source of frustration for both academics and businesses.

Read the full report here