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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 ICT 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.

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Could your Innovation have a Security Application? Funding Available for Great Ideas: Innovative Research Call 2016 for Explosives & Weapons Detection


Could your Innovation have a Security Application?

Funding for great ideas available through:

Innovative Research Call 2016 for

Explosives and Weapons Detection


The fourth iteration of this successful cross-Government research call is seeking innovation in all aspects of explosives and weapons detection.

This research call is seeking proposals in the following challenge areas:

·      Buildings and Areas

·      Goods

·      People and / or their Possessions

·      Vehicles

Original ideas and adaptations of successful technologies, techniques or processes from other fields are equally welcome.  Examples could include, but are not limited to:-

o   Novel sensors or materials to detect or identify explosives (or their precursors), or weapons (or their constituent parts)

o   Imaging techniques from other sectors which could be applied to screening vehicles, goods, people or possessions

o   Chemical imaging to detect trace residues of explosives on surfaces

o   Adaptations of energy sensors to identify on-body threats

o   Measurement techniques which could allow identification of objects concealed inside other objects

o   Development of reliable means to calibrate and assure detection equipment in the field or in the laboratory

o   Modelling and simulation to improve current screening processes

o   Automation / enhancement of screening processes

o   Atmospheric monitoring or waste water monitoring applied to detection of trace quantities of explosive or their precursors

o   Human and behavioural factors which could be used to improve the overall security screening system


Key stakeholders for this research call are the Home Office, Department for Transport, Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the Metropolitan Police Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate.

Total funding of up to £3 million is available over 3 years, as part of a 2 phase funding call.  This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition run in partnership with Innovate UK. 

The call will open on 12 September 2016, with a Bidders’ Conference in Central London on Tuesday 27 September 2016.

95% of the previously successful suppliers attended the last Bidders’ Conference.

The Bidders’ Conference will provide:-

·      Briefings on Government requirements

·      Engagement with Government representatives and operational users

·      Information on the application process (through SBRI)

·      Indications of what a good bid looks like

·      Networking opportunities with industry and academia colleagues

Please register for the Bidders’ Conference by Tuesday 20 September at http://explosives-weapons-detection.eventbrite.co.uk.

Please note registering your interest in this event does not guarantee you a place. As part of the registration process, your details will be shared with the Home Office’s Centre for Applied Science and Technology and key stakeholders, who will notify you as soon as possible whether a ticket will be made available to you.

If you require any further information prior to registering for the Bidders’ Conference, please email IRC2016Enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk


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