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 globalepidemics: developmentand manufacture Competition for development contracts

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.

This SBRI competition aims to stimulate the development of:

vaccine for priority infectious diseases

vaccine platform technology

manufacturing technologies that would allow for the rapid manufacture of vaccines in low-income settings

The competition will be in 2 streams.

In stream 1 up to £6 million is available for exploring scientific and technical feasibility. This stream is mainly aimed at the development of vaccines and vaccine technology that is still some way from being ready to be used in phase I human trials. Individual contracts will be for up to £500,000, to be spent within 12 months of contract award. Depending on the success of projects from this stream, the Department of Health will consider further major awards to progress product development.

In stream 2 up to £4 million is available to projects at a more advanced stage of development. This stream is mainly aimed at candidate vaccines that are now, or will soon be, ready for phase I human trials and manufacturing technology that could potentially be commercially viable in the near future. Individual contracts for this stream will be for £500,000 to £1 million, to be spent within 18 months of contract award. Projects with higher or lower costs will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The competition is open to all organisations that can demonstrate that their product or work has a realistic route to market, whether in the short or long term. Successful organisations will attract a 100% funded development contract.

Find out more about this competition here

Download the competition brief here

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