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 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.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here


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Why design matters

Encouraging a better understanding of the role of design in innovation and its use early in the R&D process are at the core of the new Design Special Interest Group (Design SIG), launched by the TSB in December. 

The cross-KTN platform will build a community of designers and technology innovators, and encourage interaction across a range of market sectors, demonstrating and promoting the value of design in the innovation process 

The SIG will concentrate on four main areas:

  1. Digital Economy, including the Internet of Things
  2. Cities and the built environment: smart city systems, transport and low impact buildings
  3. Health and assisted living
  4. Advanced Manufacturing: incorporating additive and automotive.manufacturing.

The SIG is led by the Creative Industries KTN with contributions from other Networks, such as Materials KTN. 

A Design Advisory Group has been established and is headed by Sebastian Conran, with representatives from the Design Council and Design Business Association. 



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