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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Opportunities for IB & SynBio in the New Innovate UK Delivery Plan

Innovate UK has recently published its new Delivery Plan, outlining the main ways in which it will invest around £561M in helping businesses to innovate and grow in the financial year 2016 to 2017, including:

  • two broad Health and Life Sciences competitions

  • two broad Manufacturing and Materials competitions

  • two ‘open’ funding competitions or applications from any sector

  • open knowledge transfer competitions through the year

  • an open ‘growth and scale’ competition in Q3

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group (SynBio SIG) are hosting a webinar on 20th May 2016 to highlight funding opportunities for industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology in this new delivery plan.

Opportunities for IB & SynBio in the new Innovate UK Delivery Plan
Friday, 20th May 2016 from 12:30 to 14:30 (BST), by webinar

Chris Jones and Richard Hebdon, Lead Technologists for Biosciences at Innovate UK, will highlight the upcoming funding opportunities for industrial biotechnology & synthetic biology in the new Innovate UK competitions.

This webinar will cover opportunities over the 2016/2017 financial year, including the first competition, ‘Manufacturing and Materials’, which opened this week. 

KTN staff will summarise the support on offer to potential applicants to ensure that their applications are within scope for the new Innovate UK call structure, and participants will have the opportunity to submit questions.

Register today >>

Event at a glance

What: Opportunities for IB & SynBio in the New Innovate UK Delivery Plan

When: Friday, 20th May 2016 from 12:30 to 14:30 (BST)

Where: Webinar

Register today >>

Got a question?

KTN's IB and SynBio Teams are always happy to help you form new collaborations, identify suitable funding schemes and mentor your project proposals. You can contact us at biosciences@ktn-uk.org.

We hope this event may be of interest to you or members of your network - please feel free to pass on this invitation to colleagues.