Benefits of Membership
Members of this group will benefit from being part of a community focused on building the UK’s response to the major challenge of mineral resource security. As well as having access to a platform for the exchange of ideas and information, and for collaboration building and project development in the run up to the forthcoming Security of Supply of Mineral Resources research and development programme, this group provides relevant information on NERC, EPSRC, TSB and other related programmes, and a forum for those with an interest in the Mineral Supply Chain.
Security of Supply of Mineral Resources
The primary function of this Group is to provide information and networking facilities during the development of this Research Programme. The system provides a wide range of facilities for the development of collaborations and for a wide range of communications. There are public areas within the group for communication with the group and the wider community with interests in the Mineral Supply Chain. Private areas can also be provided so that project partnerships can use these for the development of their ideas, storage of documents and preparation of proposals. The site is maintained by an experienced support team who are happy to assist you to get the most out of the facilities available.
Membership of the SoS-MR is FREE and gives you access to a range of services designed to improve your connectivity in the innovation community addressing the challenges and opportunities of realising new ways of doing business, producing and consuming that will be sustainable for the environment and society.
Member benefits are delivered by a combination of support from the SoS-MR Network Manager and services accessible through the Environmental Sustainability KTN's online _connect community. You can read more about the background to what we are doing here, but the motive behind what we do is to provide support across the Mineral Supply Chain to enhance connectivity in order to promote research relevance and thus enhance the rate at which innovations can be deployed to enhance sustainability.
We can also help you by...
...Responding to Member Needs
Above all the SoS-MR Group is here to support the community interests. With the active support of membership we can provide a wide range of support functions some of which are listed below.
...Match business needs with knowledge base capabilities
Whether you are a business looking for specific advice or technology for an immediate issue, or seeking to build broader and longer lasting strategic relationships with key research partners, we will work with you to understand your needs, formulate them in a way that researchers can respond usefully to them, and then help you identify where the sort of people with whom you need to engage are located.
For academics, regulators, and other specialist agencies and organisations we can work in consultation with you and key players from the sectors with whom you wish to engage, to communicate your broad capabilities and knowledge, so that you can really get engaged with the real strategic challenges rather than trying vainly to push square technology pegs into round business holes.
We also provide useful online tools for our members in the form of membership profile mapping (which shows you where other KTN members are located and how they describe themselves in their _connect profile) and research capability mapping (which cross-references topics from the agenda of each of our key priority areas with published research capabilities from the UK's Higher Educational Institutes).
...Identify partners and support funding bids
With a well-developed appreciation of players in business, academia, and the broader knowledge base, our Knowledge Transfer specialists are well-positioned to bring together the elements of strong collaborative teams. We work informally and formally (for example through networking events and themed workshops) to move relationships on from the stage of "interesting contact made" to active collaboration by focusing in on how you can work together.
With potential collaborations identified, we can also work on your behalf to plug any gaps in your route to market, and point you towards relevant funding opportunities. We are happy to act as "friendly critics" for funding bids and can advise on how to put together the most compelling case for most of the main funding options for those active in our area. A letter of support from the ESKTN indicates that your project has benefitted from our guidance in preparation, and lends credibility to the benefits and outcomes identified.
...Raise the profile of your innovation
Innovation only works if the right people get to hear about it! The ESKTN works with individual projects, larger programmes and with the likes of funding bodies and industry associations to co-organise dissemination events arising from R&D findings, new business collaborations and similar. We encourage projects which we support and track to produce case studies explaining the impact and benefits of their work, and feature success stories in our literature, presentations and exhibiting.