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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New vaccines for global epidemics: development and manufacture

The Department of Health is to invest up to £10 million in two competition streams in line with the priorities identified by the UK Vaccine Network.

Vaccines are among the most cost-effective medical countermeasure for confronting epidemics or pandemics. Their effectiveness in preventing disease outbreaks has been far-reaching, and their availability could significantly reduce fatalities. Rapid manufacture, deployment and delivery of these vaccines in resource-poor settings are key to containing the spread of disease.

This competition is aimed at supporting the development of vaccine candidates, vaccine platform technology and vaccine manufacturing technology. These new products must have the potential for use in low- and middle-income countries to target a range of human diseases with epidemic potential, as identified by the UK Vaccine Network.

·      Chikungunya

·      Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever

·      Dengue Virus

·      Ebola

·      Hantavirus

·      Lassa

·      Marburg

·      Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

·      Nipah

·      Plague

·      Rift Valley Fever and

·      Zika

This SBRI competition aims to stimulate the development and manufacture of new immunising agents and their rapid delivery in response to epidemic or pandemic threats.

The competition will be in 2 streams.

In stream 1, up to £6 million is available to enable projects to assess the efficacy potential of the proposed product, generate preliminary performance or validation data.

In stream 2, up to £4 million is available to enable projects to generate suitable evidence to begin the process towards regulatory approval.

The competition opens on 29 February 2016. The deadline for registration is at noon on 27 April 2016, and the deadline for applications is at noon on 4 May 2016

The Knowledge Transfer Network are running two consortium building events in support of this competition.

Register for our London event on the 29th Feb 2016 here

Register for our Edinburgh event on the 4th Mar 2016 here