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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MassChallenge UK Startup Accelerator - 2016 Applications Now Open

MassChallenge UK connects high-impact, early stage start-ups with mentors, partners and investors, at the same time as providing support during a four-month accelerator programme in London. ...

Free Workshop – Learn How to Identify and Implement Energy Saving Opportunities Within Your Business

Now may be the best time to change those old energy hungry lights in your workplace.   For the next two years, the Carbon Trust is providing an attractive and accessible support...

The AMOS Project: AMOS Investigating Additve Manufacturing Processes for Repair of Aerospace Components

AMOS is investigating a number of additve manufacturing (AM) processes which can be used for repair of aerospace components such as turbine blades and landing gears. Damaged components can be...

Profile of the Element Cadmium

The latest episode of the BBC Radio World Service programme " Elements " focuses on the properties, uses and problems associated with the minor metal - CADMIUM . Here is the synopsis of the...

Learn how Understanding of Soft Matter Systems can be Applied to Health, Energy and Environment, Advanced Materials, and Foods

The Turing Gateway to Mathematics is holding an event on 7-9 September in Cambridge to celebrate the important work of Sir Sam Edwards, and to highlight recent developments in theoretical...

Innovate UK’s Materials and Manufacturing Competition: Opportunities for Circular Economy Innovation

Innovate UK have launched the first funding competition of the financial year focussed on  Materials and Manufacturing   under which innovative circular economy products and...

Alcoa to Supply 3D Printed Components for Airbus Fuselage

An article on the Alcoa website in April 2016 announced that: it has - "has entered into an agreement with Airbus to supply 3D-printed titanium fuselage and engine pylon components for...

Conflict between Artisanal and Large Scale Gold Miners in Ghana

An episode of the BBC Radio World Service programme Assignment investigates the situation at the gold rich region of Obuasi in Ghana ( Ghana: The Obusasi Stand-off). Here is the synopsis of the...

Rise and Fall of UK Steel Industry

In an episode of the BBC Radio 4 In Business programme Peter Day analyses the Steel Industry in the UK.  Here is an outline from the synopsis: - "Amid concern about the future of the...

Call for Catapult Centre for the Foundation Industries

As part of their budget submission to the UK Government's Treasury for 2016 UK Steel has supported a proposal from the Material Processing Institutue ( MPI ) the Institute of Materials Minerals...

UK Steel Study on Electricity Prices for Energy Intensive Industries

UK Steel - part of EEF (the Engineering Employers Federation) has produced a study that examines the cost of electricity for steelmakers in the UK and compares this with the prices paid by...

Applications Invited for ignite100's Autumn 2016 Business Accelerators in London

ignite100 is a mentorship-led accelerator programme for start-up businesses with a financial package available to participants. The programme provides seed capital, office space and mentors and...

Danger of Sea Level Rise Highlighted.

A reported published by Christain Aid in May 2016 ( Act Now or Pay Later) outlines the threat of sealevel rise associated with Climate Change.  The stduy highlights the cities and numbers...

Wind Farm Material Supply Chain

The global nature of the renewable energy sector is illustrated by the large array of wind turbines that is currently being installed at  Pen y Cymoedd in South Wales .  It will...

EU Invests €177 Million in New Environment Projects

The European Union is providing €177 million in funding for 31 new environment projects through its Horizon 2020 programme. The European Commission...

Manufacturing and Materials Funding Call

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. These projects will focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. We will fund...

Parties Interested in Tata Steel Assets in the UK Revealed

An article on the WalesOnline website gives information on the seven organisations that submitted an expression of interest on schedule. In addition to the Internal Management team,...

Elements, Water and Hydrogen

The BBC World Service Radio programme is a series that reviews some of the uses of the elements of the Periodic Table.  Some of the recent episodes look at some aspects of the element...

Small the Next Big Thing

This BBC World Service Radio programme is a homage to EF Schumacher written and presented by Leo Johnson who looks at the current status of Schumacher's ideas on 'Small is Beuatiful',...

Solar Energy Development Chinese Style

An episode of the the BBC Radio 4 programme 'Costing the Earth' presents an interesting review of how one entrepreneur Huang Ming ( The Solar King of China) has stimulated innovations and has...

Realise your ambitions for business growth through funded R&D with Lancaster University

Register your interest now to be one of an exclusive group of over 80 ambitious North West small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to benefit from funded three-year industry-led research and...

UK Satellite Technology to be Used to Monitor Forest Biomass

An article by Jonathan Amos on the BBC News website describes how UK satellite technology will be used to monitor forest biomass.  here is an extract from the article: - "British...

European Structural and Investment Funds for the Leeds City Region LEP area

Three new Calls have been launched under the European Regional Development Fund strand of the European Structural and Investment Funds for the Leeds City Region LEP area. Low Carbon Call ...

New ESIF Call for Lancashire LEP Area

A new Call has been launched under the European Regional Development Fund strand of the European Structural and Investment Funds for the Lancashire LEP area. Grants from £500,000 are...

National Innovation Plan: Call for Ideas

Innovation can transform lives. It can help to address our biggest societal and economic challenges such as energy supply, food security and managing the impacts of demographic change. It...

Carbon Trust Green Business Fund SME workshops

The  Green Business Fund  is providing funded two hour workshops for SMEs to learn how to make the most of the programme, and how to identify opportunities to reduce energy costs. ...

RBS Innovation Gateway - Grants for Testing Resource Efficiency Innovations

Launch of the 2016 programme The Innovation Gateway challenge aims to help businesses get their products tested and into a wider market, quickly and successfully. RBS is looking to...

Environment, Resource Efficiency & Low Carbon Grants for Greater Birmingham & Solihull

Launch of new ESIF Calls for Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area. Two new Calls have been launched under the European Regional Development Fund strand of the European Structural...

Launch of the 2016 Green Alley Award Supporting Eco-entrepreneurs Across Europe

The Green Alley Award is a start-up competition focused on the green economy, dealing specifically with the challenges of the throwaway society, the scarcity of resources and the recovery of...

Premier recognised for sustainable office furniture services with Queen’s Award

Premier Workplace Services is celebrating being named a winner of the 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development, the UK’s highest accolade for business success. ...

BIS seeks ideas for the upcoming National Innovation Plan

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has launched a Call for Ideas on Citizen Space to seek interesting views on how the UK should further develop its innovation...

The Carbon Trust launches £7 million Energy Saving Green Business Fund

The new £7 million funding programme, launched by energy consultants at the Carbon Trust, will support 1000 to 2000 SMEs across the UK in several key business areas such as energy saving...

Funds awarded to Scottish remanufacturing businesses in move towards circular economy

Funding has been awarded to nine pioneering projects which will help Scottish remanufacturing businesses explore how to make the most efficient use of materials – furthering Scotland’s position...

Robotic Disassembly Technology as a Key Enabler of Autonomous Remanufacturing

How can robots help manufacturing industry use natural resources more efficiently and be kinder to the environment? A new £1.94m five-year collaborative research project funded by the...

Designing a European Innovation Council: A Call for Ideas

Positive steps have been taken in recent years to integrate an innovation component into EU programmes and policies, in particular Horizon 2020. However, the array of support mechanisms can be...

Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy Investment Fund

Zero Waste Scotland is investing European Regional Development Funds to help small and medium businesses be resource efficient and create a more circular economy. ...

Energy Intensive Industry Consultation

ON April 1st 2016 the Department of Energy and Climate Change of the UK Government issued a Consultation Document entitled "Consultation on implementing an exemption for Energy Intensive...

Free seminar to disseminate findings of the ABACUS project researching ways to extend and recycle EV batteries

Ben Peace, KTN’s Sustainability Lead, will be one of the presenters at seminar coming up in May that will examine the challenges associated with the manufacture, in-vehicle use, remanufacturing...

Free seminar to disseminate findings of the ABACUS project researching ways to extend and recycle EV batteries

Ben Peace, KTN’s Sustainability Lead, will be one of the presenters at seminar coming up in May that will examine the challenges associated with the manufacture, in-vehicle use, remanufacturing...

BRE Smart Tech Challenge Call

BRE is running a smart tech challenge call in partnership with the Mayor of London.  The competition is looking for innovative digital technology that will help the capital’s major utility...

Innovate UK 2016/2017 Delivery Plan Released

Innovate UK is to invest £561 million in innovation over the next 12 months and take a more focused and efficient approach to supporting innovative UK companies.   The delivery...

Making Birmingham Greener & Healthier Awards have been Launched

Birmingham City Council, in partnership with environmental company Veolia, are looking for Birmingham’s next “green” champions.   Bigger and better this year – they have a new,...

Free seminar to disseminate findings of the ABACUS project researching ways to extend and recycle EV batteries

Ben Peace, KTN’s Sustainability Lead, will be one of the presenters at seminar coming up in May that will examine the challenges associated with the manufacture, in-vehicle use, remanufacturing...

Innovate UK family-Funding and Support available for 2016-17

Innovate UK family-Funding and Support available for 2016-17 April 22nd Park Royal Hotel, Stretton Rd, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4NS Presenter(s) Mike Pitts, Head of Urban Living...

Artisanal Gold Mining

There is sometimes a 'romantic' view of small-scale gold mining but the recent articles, from the BBC News website, show that this actitity can not only be dangerous but also cause significant...

Alliance for Underwater Mining Systems

Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) have announced a partnership with the South African compnay Underwater Mining Solutions . Here are extracts from the SMD News announcemnet on their website: - ...

The Mayor of London Low Carbon Entrepreneur Awards

The Mayor of London Low Carbon Entrepreneur awards, sponsored by Citi Foundation, took place on the 15 th March at City Hall.  The Awards, which featured KTN’s Carolyn Roberts as one of...

The Future of British Manufacturing

Autodesk, working with The Manufacturer magazine, have developed an initiative called "The Future of British Manufacturing". As part of this initiative a series of free introductory events will...

Improving Health with Environmental Data Call

NERC, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (CSO) are investing up to £600,000 in projects to identify and fill knowledge gaps around the...

A Chance to Win €500,000 in the Dutch Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2016

Do you know a green entrepreneur with a promising business plan, or do you own a sustainable start-up yourself? If yes then apply for the 10th edition of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge...

Nature Journal Publishes Special Supplement on Circular Economy

Nature Journal published a special edition on the circular economy this month, free to access online . Including an introduction by Walter Stahel, an interesting article on the Chinese...

India–UK Collaborative Industrial R&D Competition: Clean-Tech, Affordable Healthcare and ICT

Innovate UK and the Government of India are to invest up to £3.4 million in collaborative industrial research and development projects that propose new commercial solutions to critical...

Tata Discussing Future of Steel Making in Port Talbot

Several articles on the BBC News website highlight the situation in the UK steel industry: - A plan to stabilise the operations at the Port albot steelworks is being discussed by the Tata...

Rare Earth Supply Chain Concerns

An article on the Breaking Defense website " Pentagon Fails To Act On Crucial Rare Earth Minerals " by Richard Whittle on March 01, 2016 highlights concerns about supplies of Rare Earth Elements...

SESAME Net: a cross Europe survey of SME's HPC requirements

High Performance Computing (HPC) is a powerful tool that can help Industry and SMEs to develop innovative solutions, reduce cost and decrease time to market for products and services. However...

Webinar: Oceanera-Net 2nd Joint Call 2016

On the 1st March, a webinar took place to introduce the Oceanera-Net project, and the 2nd Joint Call 2016. Invited Speaker Dina Carrilho, Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) talked about...

European Funding for Bio-based Industries - 3rd March 2016, Manchester

On the 3 rd March 2016, the KTN hosted a workshop at the Chancellor’s Hotel in Manchester to give information about the new call for proposals from the European Funding for Bio-based...

Europe's largest floating solar farm to open

Here are some brief extracts from a report on the BBC News website - it is worth following the link to see the photos! "The biggest floating solar farm in Europe is being constructed on a...

Ocean and land images from EU Sentinel satellite system

An article by BBC Science Correspondent, Jonathan Amos, on the BBC News website reports on the new images being produced by a European satellite system. It is worth following the link to see...

Synthetic Biology Workshop, 5th April

On 5th April 2016 an 'Engineering Biology' workshop will be held in central London to showcase the UK's strengths in synthetic biology and how companies are benefitting from the latest...

WSSTP Launch New Working Group "Nanotechnologies for Water Treatment"

The EU Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WSSTP) has launched a Working Group on the use of nanotechnology in the water sector  “Nanotechnologies for water treatment” –...

Last Chance to Register for the WISE CDT Evening Networking Event

The EPSRC-funded 'Water Informatics Science and Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training' (WISE CDT) carries out research into topics at the interface of water engineering, water management,...

JTC is Seeking Solutions to Improve Resource Efficiency at Buildings, Estates and Districts Level

How do tomorrow’s industrial spaces look like? What technologies will allow us to sustainably manage industrial facilities, reduce business and environmental costs, while maximising the...

Digital Innovation in the Sharing Economy

Innovate UK is offering 6 businesses up to £30,000 (excluding VAT) each to encourage innovation in the sharing economy, across the themes of trust, tourism and travel, opening up new sectors,...

ADBA Research & Innovation Forum 2016

Building a world class AD industry The sixth annual ADBA Research & Innovation Forum 2016 will bring together the AD industry, academia and public sector to learn and discuss the...

KTN Announce Delivery Partnership for the International Festival for Business

KTN are proud to announce that we are delivery partners for the International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016) , which will take place in Liverpool from 13th June to 1st July.  ...

Funding call open: Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme

NERC are now inviting proposals for innovation projects under the second round of the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme (ERIIP) and a brokerage event will be held on 8...

Conference on Mining in Europe

The RWTH Aachen University will host the 1st International Conference on Mining in Europe on the 18th-19th of May 2016. Here is an outline of the conference from the website : - Objective...

Will there be more fish or plastic in the sea in 2050?

An article by Leo Hornak on the BBC News Magazine website reviews a report issued by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation - The New Plastics Economy. Here is an extract from the BBC article: -...

Business with Birmingham 2016 Innovation Competition

The University of Birmingham is pleased to announce the launch of its first Business with Birmingham Innovation Competition in order to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation. The competition...

Link to Link: Driving Resource Efficiency Across Supply Chains – Report Now Available

A new report sponsored by WRc, GJF Fabrications and SUEZ, has just been released.  The report is a collection of expert essays that cover each stage of the supply chain, exploring how...

EFIB PitchFest 2016

EFIB PitchFest 2016 is a programme of investor-ready support for innovative SMEs seeking an opportunity to secure a minimum €1 million investment for their business. SMEs will be taken through a...

Circular Economy Thinking in Construction Workshop Report Now Available

Following the workshop “Circular Economy Thinking in Construction” held on the 12 th February, the Green Construction Board have produced a knowledge report of the workshop. Over 90 people...

Book your Resource 2016 Workshop Place Now

KTN are hosting a number of workshops during the Resource 2016 event, held between the 8 th and 10 th March in London.   KTN workshops will be held on:   ...

Case Study: Patagonia’s Circular Economy Strategy

Ethical Corporation have launched an exclusive case study detailing comprehensively the circular economy work of industry-leaders Patagonia. The full case study details the salient parts...

Partnerships and Funding Sources for the Water and Environment Sector

Are you a small or medium sized business within the UK looking to kick start innovation? Would you like to find out about the funding options available within the water and environment...

Competition Launched to Find the Next Ground Breaking Innovation for the Water Industry

This year sees the launch of a major new business innovation competition for the water industry.   The Water Innovation Network – a partnership between Anglian Water and Opportunity...

European Project Launches Tender to Improve Collection and Recovery of Critical Raw Materials from Electrical Waste

More than €660,000 is being invested in trials to identify the link between the methods of collection and the successful recovery of critical raw materials from household waste electrical and...

Growth Builder: A 12 Month Programme for Ambitious Business Leaders

Growth Builder is a 12 month programme for a cohort of up to 50 ambitious business leaders. It is for leaders of high-growth UK businesses providing the opportunity and support to step back...

Special Cement for Safe Storage of Nuclear Waste

An article on the BBC News website on the 14th February " Long-term cement study seeks nuclear waste solution " by Jonathan Amos, BBC Science Correspondent reports on a special cement developed...

Mining Video Clips

This l ink to the  BBC News website gives access to video clips on Mining Technolgy from the South African Indaba Mining Congress 2016 and to several mining operations in Africa (South...

Problems at Gold Mine in Ghana

An update on developments at the Obuasi gold mine of the Anglogold Ashanti company was broadcast on the BBC World Service radio programme Buisness Daily on 12th February 2016 (the...

Critical and Strategic Metals Symposium 2015

The very interesting papers delivered at the "Symposium on Critical and Strategic Materials" proceedings, November 13-14, 2015, in Victoria, British Columbia can be accessed via this link . ...

Solar Energy Systems in the Moroccan Desert and Manchester Reservoir

Articles on The Guardian website report on recent solar energy developments : - Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plant "Morocco’s king will switch on the...

Paths towards a sustainable EU economy 2035

In December 2015 the European Comission's JRC published a report that shows a scenario analysis of four pathways to a more sustainable european economy. Here are a few extracts fro the summary...

UK SMEs Funded Under Phase One of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

Horizon 2020 SME Instrument beneficiaries included innovative UK companies.  For each project, the participants will receive € 50,000 to finance feasibility studies for new products...

A Vulnerability Analysis of Raw Materials in the Dutch Economy

A very interesting study produced by TNO has been uploaded into the document library. Here are some brief extracts: - "Numerous governments around the world are responding to the...

Grow a greener business today, with Scottish Government funding from £1k-£100k

The Scottish Government's Resource Efficient Scotland SME Loans Scheme provides your business with a great opportunity to access financial support to help you cut operating costs and increase...

Evaluation of UK involvement with the EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has commissioned ICF Consulting Services Ltd (ICF) to carry out an external evaluation of UK’s involvement in the EU’s Framework...

Mining in Space No Longer Science Fiction?

A report by Jonathan Amos on the BBC News website outlines plans for Luxembourg to support R&D into mining in space.  It states that the former head of the European Space Agency,...

European Funding for Biobased Industries: Information and Consortium Building Workshop Announced

KTN in partnership with Innovate UK, SusChem UK and Bio-Based Industries have announced an information and consotium building workshop to be held on the 3rd March in Manchester aimed at European...

Surge in Wind Farm Activity

Following articles on the BBC News website describing EON's withdrawal from one project - Energy firm E.On scraps plan for Newton Aycliffe wind farm and the failure of a council to deliver...

Sustainable Functional Materials 2016: Abstract Submission Open

SFM2016 is the inaugural conference for a new UK initiative in substitution and sustainability in functional materials. It brings together scientists and engineers committed to the development...

Siemens Sets New Performance and Efficiency World Record at Düsseldorf Power Plant

An article on the Global Reporting Intiative (GRI) website highlights the new record in efficiency set by a Siemens CHP plant. Here is a brief extract: - "The high efficiency level makes...

Innovate UK Projects on Circular Economy in the Built Environment Sector

The circular economy concept is being enthusiastically embraced by the built environment sector.   Click here for a list of some of the projects Innovate UK have supported on circular...

Public Consultation on How Mining Can Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Economic Forum have released...

Supply Chain Impact of Accident at Steel Works in Japan

The impact of an accident of an accident at a Steelworks in Japan  illustrates the relative fragility of global supply chains and the link between material manufacturing capabilities and...

KTN and Innovate UK at Resource 2016

Held the 8th - 10th March in London, KTN and Innovate UK will have a busy schedule at Resource 2016 .   Join us there:   Book 1:1 meetings with other Resource delegates...

Valuing Nature Business Impact School

The Valuing Nature Programme is running a three-day Business Impact School to provide early career researchers with an opportunity to gain insight into producing research with business impact. ...

Future Retail

IC Tomorrow are offering five businesses up to £35,000 each (excluding VAT) to encourage innovation within the themes of food waste reduction, seamless shopping, enhancing in-store...
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Kick-starting Innovation: Partnerships and Funding Sources for the Water and Environment Sector - London

Partnership Seminar |  CIWEM Venue, 106-109 Saffron Hill, Farringdon, London EC1N 8QS ...

Kick-starting Innovation: Partnerships and Funding Sources for the Water and Environment Sector

10 December 2015 Partnership Seminar |  the studio, Leeds Joint Event with...

Solutions for a climate resilient world: Horizon 2020 funding in 2016

European Brokerage Event: Solutions for a Climate Resilient World – H2020 funding for Climate...

Results of Innovate UK’s Circular Economy: Business Models Competition

Innovate UK understand that the transition to a circular economy requires more than just...