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 biotechnology 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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Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy Investment Fund

Zero Waste Scotland is investing European Regional Development Funds to help small and medium businesses be resource efficient and create a more circular economy.

The programme will deliver its ambitions through four areas of activity:
  • Increasing the scale and provision of services to SMEs in Scotland to become more efficient in their use of resources
  • Stimulating new business activity to identify, develop and bring to market new circular economy products and services
  • Supporting collaboration between businesses and academia to catalyse and demonstrate next generation products and services within the circular economy
  • Helping community and third sector organisations to develop local approaches to tackling resource efficiency and to engage in the development of a more local circular economies.


What sectors are they funding?

Between 2016 and 2018, Zero Waste Scotland is making funding and support available through structured grant calls and procurements. These will focus on priority commercial and industrial sectors which are:
  • the bio economy (food and drink)
  • built environment (construction and demolition)
  • energy infrastructure (oil and gas decommissioning, renewables, transmission)


Who can apply?
  • Small to medium sized enterprises (less than 250 employees/turnover less than £35million)
  • Non-profit organisations (charities and social enterprises)


What activities are they interested in?
  • Exploring market feasibility for new circular economy products
  • Development and adoption of innovative business models for new circular economy products and services
  • Development and uptake of innovative technologies, products and services to support a circular economy

Find out more and apply

Apply at http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/circular-economy-investment-fund and Zero Waste Scotland will let you know within 30 working days if stage one of your application has been successful, at which point you will be invited to complete the final part of the application process.
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