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.

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Materials Roadmap Enabling Low Carbon Energy Technologies adopted by the European Commission

The Materials Roadmap has been elaborated by nearly hundred leading European scientists and industrial researchers. It is designed to support coherent and strategic decisions on materials research in industry and academia, both at European level and in EU member states. It is in line with FP7 and Horizon 2020 and with the priorities of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan).

Introduction - taken from the Roadmap

Materials are at the core of industrial innovation and enable it. New advanced materials are needed in developing better performing and sustainable products and processes. Such materials are a part of the solution to our industrial and societal challenges, offering better performance in their use, at lower resource and energy requirements, and improved sustainability at the end-of-life of the products. The discovery and development of new materials and the capacity to shape and utilise their properties enable scientists and engineers to develop energy technologies to power our economies and lifestyles. With the imperative to change our energy technology mix to respond to the challenge of decarbonisation and of the security of energy supply, the need for new materials and processing routes is overriding. We need new energy technologies – not just any low carbon technologies, but more efficient and cost-competitive low carbon technologies. Materials play a pivotal role in the solution, providing the means to generate and conserve energy in a more efficient and cost-competitive manner.


The materials roadmap presented complements and expands the technology roadmaps developed in the context of the SET-Plan (see link below) as the basis for its implementation. It puts forward key materials research and innovation activities to advance energy technologies for the next 10 years. It serves as a programmatic guide for research and development activities in the field of materials for energy applications for both the European Union’s research and innovation programme and Member State programmes.

Source: European Commission

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