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.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here


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NERC invites proposals for the first round of highlight topics, a new route for funding strategic research

NERC invites proposals for the first round of highlight topics, a new route for funding strategic research. Highlight topics focus strategic research on defined topic areas, and will be delivered through independent projects.

The highlight topics in this call are:

• 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

NERC has allocated £12m to this call and a maximum of £3m (cost to NERC) is available per highlight topic. There are more highlight topics than funding is available for, so that all highlight topics will not, necessarily, result in funded grants. This is to ensure that only the very best research is funded.

Notification of intent to submit a proposal must be received at least one month before the closing date.

The closing date is 16:00 on Thursday 9 April 2015. Proposals must be submitted via the research councils' Je-S system.

Please see the website for the Announcement of Opportunity and full details: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/application/currentopportunities/ao-highlight-topics-jan2015/

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