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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MRC - Funding reproducible, robust research

To help improve the reproducibility and reliability of research, and in response to feedback from the community, the MRC has updated the grant application process to allow applicants to include more detail on their methodology and experimental design.

The MRC considers robust methodology to be as important as a compelling scientific rationale in a research proposal. To ensure space for adequate description of methodology an additional page, dedicated to methodology and experimental design, has been added to the Case for support (section 2.4.3) within the MRC grant application process.

The optional one-page annex allows applicants to provide more detail of the methodology and experimental design aspects of their research proposal, and to include relevant figures, tables and diagrams where appropriate.

The explanation of the research methodology and experimental design should demonstrate that the proposed experiments have the statistical power to answer the research question, an analysis plan that is fit for purpose and that adequate measures are in place to account for biological variables and avoid potential bias.

The MRC recognises the need to improve the reproducibility and reliability of biomedical researchopens in new window (Symposium report, The Academy of Medical Sciences, 2015). The methodological rigour of all applications submitted to the MRC is scrutinised during the peer review process to ensure that the proposed research will deliver robust and convincing findings. However, often insufficient detail is provided due to space limitations. 

The additional section will allow peer reviewers to better scrutinise experimental design in grant applications and is part of the MRC’s response to the recommendations from the symposium ‘Reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research’opens in new window, held by the Academy of Medical Sciences in April 2015.

Full details of the extra information requested for methodology and experimental design can be found in the MRC Guidance for applicants (section 2.4.3).

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