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 sustainability 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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April 2015 Newsletter

April 2015
Sustainability & Resource Efficiency
Welcome to the Knowledge Transfer Network’s newsletter for the Sustainability & Resource Efficiency Community.

Circular Economy: Business Models Competition 

Innovate UK is to invest up to £800k in feasibility studies into the business case for retaining value in durable goods through reuse, remanufacture or leasing/maintenance.

NERC First Round of Highlight Topics - A New Route for Funding Strategic Research

NERC has allocated £12m to this call and a maximum of £3m is available per highlight topic. NERC invites proposals for the first round of highlight topics: understanding and predicting anomalous trends in surface temperature and implications for decadal to centennial climate behaviour; environmental pathways, impacts and fate of manufactured nanomaterials; dynamics of freshwater ecosystems within an integrated landscape system; integrated dynamics of natural capital systems: bringing the natural environment into economic decision making; eDNA: a key new tool for 21st century ecology. 

Cleaner, More Efficient Conventional Fuels Funding Call
Innovate UK is to invest up to £5m in collaborative R&D and feasibility studies to stimulate innovation in the extraction and use of conventional fossil fuels. The aim is to improve efficiency, reduce cost and minimise the environmental impact of coal, natural gas and oil.  Projects must be business-led and all must involve an SME.
India-UK Collaborative Industrial R&D 
Innovate UK will support R&D projects involving Indian and UK businesses - leading to economic growth and benefits to society. Funding is available to help UK and Indian businesses work together to address 4 challenges: cleantech energy, affordable healthcare, advanced manufacturing, use of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) in any of the focus areas.
£10M Call for Research Proposals in Autonomous Manufacturing 
The aim of the call is to support research that addresses the research challenges that underpin autonomous manufacturing. This call invites Expressions of Interest which will be assessed by a short-listing panel. Short-listed applicants will then be invited to submit full proposals.
Innovation Vouchers - Round 11
Innovate UK's national Innovation Voucher scheme is designed to help businesses gain the knowledge they need to innovate and grow. The Innovation Vouchers, up to £5K, are for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with ‘knowledge suppliers' such as: universities and further education colleges, research and technology organisations, technical consultancies, Catapult centres, design advisers, and Intellectual Property advisers. 
Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship Scheme - Support to Researchers and Innovators
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship scheme provides support to researchers and innovators who have promising technology-based business ideas. RSE Enterprise Fellowships are available to support business ideas across a wide range of commercial sectors: aerospace, defence and marine; chemical sciences; construction; creative industries; energy; financial services; food and drink; forest and timber technologies; life sciences; manufacturing; textiles; tourism; and enabling technologies and convergent areas.
First DemoWind call
DemoWind opened its first joint call on 25 February 2015. 6 countries and regions are participating in this call, which has an overall funding budget of 31M EUR. DemoWind aims to support the development and demonstration of innovative technologies which can reduce the cost of offshore wind energy. DemoWind in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network ran a webinar on 4 March 2015 to introduce the Joint Call 2015. The material from this webinar is now available here.
Multi-Disciplinary Low Carbon Fuels 
EPSRC, as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Programme, invites proposals for collaborative research projects to undertake fundamental research that will advance low carbon fuels generation toward deployment. This £6M call is aimed to address low carbon fuel generation. EPSRC expects bids to be cross-cutting and involve several disciplines, research areas and fuel types.
Energy Catalyst Round 2
The Energy Catalyst has been established by Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to accelerate innovation in the energy sector. Up to £14m is available for the second round of the Catalyst to innovative businesses and researchers from any sector who can address the three major challenges facing the energy sector - the energy ‘trilemma' of: reducing emissions, improving security of supply, and reducing cost.
Creating Smart Products from Smart Materials
Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will invest up to £6m in collaborative R&D projects to encourage the development of smart products that use a combination of functional, hybrid and multiple materials. The Knowledge Transfer Network is supporting Innovate UK’s smart materials competition by running a series of consortia building events.
SPARK Plus Award

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Innovate UK are to invest £50,000 in early-stage R&D projects aimed at encouraging collaborations between the research community and industry. Projects must focus on early-stage R&D of macro- or micro- algal derived fuels or energy for commercial applications, and can include biotechnology and/or non-biotech or synergistic technologies, so long as the technology improves efficiencies.

The Long-term Care Revolution National Challenge
This SBRI competition of up to £4 million aims to stimulate the development of innovative new products, services and systems that disrupt the institutional long-term care model, ensuring that UK businesses are well placed to take advantage of this growing market opportunity.
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual competition hosted by the Biomimicry Institute, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, that invites people around the world to address critical sustainability issues using nature as a guide.
RNLI Lifeboat Decommissioning Challenge in partnership with LoToNo
What would you do with 86 search-and-rescue lifeboats, including 172 high-powered engines, 86 radar systems, 954 tonnes of composite materials and 43 tonnes of plastic? Over the next 10 years, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will decommission three different classes of lifeboat.  The potential to recover, reuse, recycle and reimagine these lifeboats and their components is huge. This is a call to experts and specialists to submit commercial solutions and innovative proposals for lifeboat decommissioning, including hard-to-dispose-of materials like composites. Working with LoToNo, RNLI is inviting engineers, technologists, researchers, designers and waste specialists from across Europe to work on this challenge.  This could be the start of a commercial relationship for you with the RNLI, and might offer business solutions for other industry sectors.
Low Carbon Transport Voucher
£1000 Innovation Voucher grant to support your low carbon transport innovations. The vouchers allow businesses to access specialist consultancy that can be provided by universities, research institutes, consultancies, or one of your own suppliers.
Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency Roadmaps to 2050

These reports set out potential pathways for the eight most heat-intensive industrial sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency: iron and steel, chemicals, oil refining, food and drink, pulp and paper, cement, glass, and ceramics.

Circular Economy Business Models Competition - Workshop Presentations Available

Innovate UK is to invest up to £800k in feasibility studies into the business case for retaining value in durable goods through reuse, remanufacture or leasing/maintenance. Innovate UK launched the Circular economy: business models competition at Resource 2015 last week and presentations are now available. 

Funding for a Low Carbon Business or Project?

Are you seeking capital for your low carbon or cleantech business? If so, you are invited to apply for ecoConnect's Greenbackers programme, to meet active, pre-qualified investors for equity funding from £100K to £5M.

There are 2 parts to the programme:

1) An online deal platform, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) compliant, a marketplace where you can post your investment profile to a growing community of UK and EU investors.

2) A Live Pitch, qualified investors eager to meet and hear from you personally. Held quarterly in London, this boardroom-style format provides an excellent opportunity for up to 5 selected entrepreneurs to present their investment propositions to a personally invited group of over 30 investors drawn from across the sector, including: Venture Capital Firms, Business Angels and Syndicates, Family Offices, Corporate Venturer Funds and Specialist Finance.

Re-manufacturing Report

Cabinet Secretary, commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, has published a report which examines just how valuable the remanufacturing industry – which employs some 17,000 people across the country – is to Scotland. The report identifies the major areas of remanufacturing activity in Scotland – the aerospace, automotive, energy, and rail sectors. There are other sectors which could also support significant remanufacturing activity, including ICT and medical equipment.

Strengthening UK Manufacturing Supply Chains
On the 26th February 2015 the Department of Business Innovation & Skills published a report which is described as: "An action plan for government and industry”.
EU Supports €1.5m Project on Remanufacturing
Oakdene Hollins has led a successful bid to develop the European remanufacturing industry. Its €1.5 million project under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding will look to engage with remanufacturers from across Europe.  The aim of the project, which started in early 2015, is to grow this important activity which is a key component of the circular economy and vital to making European industry more resilient to global competition.
New Document by the KTN: Whole-Life Performance: What Does it Mean in the Building Sector?
A new document titled “Building Whole-Life Performance” has been developed by the Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network. It provides answers, examples and references for those who are interesting in knowing more about the topic.  
SEED Awards 2015 for Social and Environmental Enterprises in Countries with Developing and Emerging Economies
The SEED Awards 2015 invites applications from social and environmental enterprises that contribute to sustainable development. This year SEED Initiative will make available up to 31 SEED Awards. The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in sustainable development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally-led start-up social and environmental enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies.
Recycling the 'Unrecyclable' - 2nd June
A new seminar for  2015, Recycling the ‘Unrecyclable’ aims to provide delegates with an exploration of new and exciting technologies and techniques that will add previously unrecyclable products  to the circular economy and help you meet the EU recycling targets. This is your opportunity to discover the cutting edge recycling technologies that you may be able to use in your business to increase the amount of material you recycle and to increase profits. Aimed at senior and middle managers from all parts of the plastics recycling supply chain this is your chance to network with your peers, share ideas and to make sure that you and your staff are briefed on the very latest recycling techniques.

ADBA R&D Forum
14th April, Southampton
This event is organised by ADBA R&D Forum in partnership with the BBSRC Anaerobic Digestion Network and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). Bridging the gap between industry and academia, this event is the best way to learn how research can increase your competitive edge. With falling government funding, the AD sector has never been under more pressure to improve operational performance, manage environmental practice and to find ways of maximising the energy and fertiliser outputs of the process as well as looking to create newer, higher-value products. ADBA’s 2015 R&D Forum will bring together the AD industry, academia and the public sector to understand how existing R&D can help achieve these goals and how R&D could best support these goals in future. This is the event to attend if you want to hear about the latest AD research, influence R&D spend, share knowledge with academia and get answers to your questions; it is a must for those involved in engineering, operating, developing or designing AD plants. 


The World Waste to Energy City Summit
19th May, London
The 2015 World Waste to Energy City Summit, supported by KTN, brings together its best ever faculty of international waste management CEOs, developers, bankers, private equity financiers, technology providers and industrial end users for two days of intensive networking. Register now and quote KTN2015 to receive 20% discount.
Responsible Business Summit 2015
18-19th May, London
This Summit is a one-stop shop for answers to the key issues and opportunities faced in sustainability. New for 2015 is the Summit's 4-tracked agenda, covering the hot topics in; CSR, communications, HR and supply chain.
IAgrE Landwards Conference 2015 - “Too Much or Too Little Water?
20 May, Newcastle
The conference will report and discuss: the latest information on the implications of climate change for UK agriculture; the current state of on-farm water management, highlighting where investment is needed; novel systems for water management; and actions required for effective development and deployment of new tools.



XVth IWRA World Water Congress
25-29 May, Edinburgh
Join us at the XVth IWRA World Water Congress to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2015 where KTN will be exhibiting. The XVth World Water Congress will provide a platform for open discussions and debates among scientists, practitioners and policy makers from both developed and developing countries and from different disciplines and sectors. 




How to Set Up or Improve a Reuse System in Your Organisation
This event explores the financial, social and environmental benefits that are created by the reuse and repair of assets within organisations. 







Eco Technology Show 2015
11-12 June, Brighton
Highlighting how embracing innovation in technology and low carbon solutions can save money and deliver genuine benefits to businesses, cities and communities on-going.



15 September, Birmingham
RWM 2015 focuses on Resource Efficiency and Waste Management Solutions. KTN is hosting a stand at the event where we give latest information about Innovate UK and its support for the waste industry and the wider circular economy. KTN will also contribute to both the theatre and workshop events to promote latest awards from both circular economy and value from waste competitions.
Innovate UK 2015
9-10 November, London
Supported by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and hosted by Innovate UK and UKTI, this two-day event will once again bring together 3,000 of the UK’s most exciting innovators with investors, global corporates and the research base. KTN will be part of this crucial event in the innovation calendar and would like to invite you to save the date!




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