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.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here


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Innovative design for future climate resilience in the infrastructure and built environment sectors

Investment of up to £500k for a maximum of ten successful applicants, to support business opportunities from climate change adaptation for UK businesses, with potentially wider applicability outside the UK

his Defra Small Business Research Initiative Infrastructure (SBRI) Design for Future Climate competition fulfils a commitment set out in the National Adaptation Programme report and the 2011 National Infrastructure Plan.

Defra is inviting proposals from companies, academia or from consortia of interested parties connected to the infrastructure and built environment sectors. The competition scope, which applies to England only for the built environment sector but UK-wide for the infrastructure sector, will be open to those who have already developed their own feasibility studies for such designs and can clearly demonstrate the ability to produce prototype designs for demonstration by 30 March 2014
Defra will award contracts up to a total value of £500k in 2013/14 spread over a maximum of ten successful applicants. The competition will be managed by Defra, supported by the Technology Strategy Board. 
Defra is seeking to support business opportunities from climate change adaptation for UK businesses, and anticipate that the adaptation ideas may have wider applicability outside the UK. It considers that the focus of innovation of this competition has wider benefits, helps to support economic growth and gives an incentive for the small and medium business sector to be creative with their products. Being climate resilient can lead to increased competitiveness, both domestically and internationally.
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