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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.

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Personalised diabetes education and care / Open day for applicants

A new Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition is being launched by the Scottish Government and Scottish Diabetes Group, in association withScottish Enterprise, Innovate UK and NHS Scotland, to find innovative new solutions focused on diabetes education and mobile health.
The competition will have two phases.  Phase 1 is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept. The development contracts placed will be for a maximum of 6 months and up to £30,000  (inc. VAT) per project.  A total of up to £150k (inc VAT) is allocated to phase 1.  Phase 2 contracts are intended to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstrators from the more promising technologies in Phase 1, and it is anticipated that funding will be up to £150,000 (inc VAT) per project.  A total of up to £300k (inc VAT) is allocated to Phase 2 .  At this stage contracts will be let for Phase 1 only.  Phase 2 is dependent upon successful completion of Phase 1 and may be awarded to selected Phase 1 contractors.  
Applicants should state their goals and outline plan for Phase 2, as an explicit part of the path to full commercial implementation, in their Phase 1 proposal.

Open day

It is intended to hold one Open Days for potential applicants in November in Scotland.   Interested organisations should register interest by mailing sbri_diabetes@gov.scot by 10 November 2015. 

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 12.00pm (noon) GMT on 6 January 2016. In order to apply you must register with the SBRI for the competition by 12.00pm (noon) GMT on 30 December 2015.
When you register you will be sent login details for the FTP site where you will be able to download the guidance documents, you will also be sent an application form with an assigned reference number.  You will need this reference number for all subsequent enquiries.
Questions related to the Challenges themselves should be addressed to sbri_diabetes@gov.scot  
The application forms are suitable for ONE application only.  If you intend to make multiple (differentiated) proposals, you will need to register for each proposal you intend to make or have any other questions about the application process please request further information from the Business Support Group using the contact details below.

Supporting documents & links

Open Date: 19 October 2015
Registration Close Date: 12.00 (noon) GMT on 30 December 2015
Close Date: 12.00 noon (noon) GMT 6 January 2015
Phone number: 0300 321 4357