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 Materials 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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Funding competition: manufacturing and materials

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. These projects will focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. Innovate UK will fund projects that aim to lead to increased UK SME productivity, competitiveness and growth.
Projects need to be led by a business and must involve at least one SME. They can be carried out by an SME working alone or in collaboration with other organisations. Projects with costs of £100,000 or more must involve working with other partners
Innovate UK is looking for projects which focus on any of the technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development research categories.
Projects should last between 6 months and 3 years. They should range from total costs of £50,000 to £2m.
The competition opens 9 May 2016. 
Registration closes midday 6 July 2016. 
Applicant briefing events about this competition will be held at the following locations: 

London — 23 May 2016

Live Webcast — 23 May 2016

West Midlands — 26 May 2016

Manchester — 27 May 2016

Belfast - 9 June 2016

Cardiff - 21 June 2016




4 people have had something to say so far

I am working ion an article on Innovate UK for Materials Bulletin. Who can I talk to about thjis new competition and how it fits into the bigger picture? I can find no contact details.
Posted on 12/05/16 16:59.
What a great initiative! it’s good to see a big focus on innovation in UK manufacturing and It will be interesting to follow this competition to see what innovations come from these projects. Looking forward to follow-up articles and updates on this!
Posted on 12/05/16 19:49.
Hi Michael. Please send me details in the first instance and I will either hook you up with a KTN contact or one of our colleagues at Innovate UK. rob.mills@ktn-uk.org
Posted on 27/05/16 17:11 in reply to Michael Kenward.
Thanks Bethany... We'll keep you posted as more info is available...
Posted on 27/05/16 17:12 in reply to Bethany DeGraff.