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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£125million funding for Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative

Funding competition

This is a national initiative with a fund of up to £125m to

  • create more competitive supply chains,
  • sustain or create new employment opportunities, and
  • create better synergies and sustained collaborative relationships throughout supply chains that participate in this initiative.

The competition seeks to provide a flexible approach in the type of support that can be provided to address the key barriers to supply chain development.

This initiative can provide grants and loans to successful projects demonstrating real ambition to create globally competitive supply chains. The funding can also support a combination of investment in capital equipment, research and development, and training and skills in recognition of the flexibility needed to overcome the barriers that suppliers and supply chains can face.

Birmingham City Council will oversee the competition to award funds for this national scheme. The Technology Strategy Board will support Birmingham City Council in running the competition process.

The competition opened on 29 March 2012.

Two Funding Streams

Stream 1 - £100m is available in all manufacturing sectors to support applications from organisations in England which are seeking to make a sectoral-level impact. Projects must be collaborative with an expected minimum of £2m of support per project, although exceptions will be considered where there is strong evidence that the initiative's aims can still be met.  Application process for Stream 1.

Stream 2 - £25m is available for projects in aerospace or automotive supply chains, based within the 4 Local Enterprise Partnership areas that were part of the existing successful RGF bid (Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham and Solihull and Liverpool City Region) and which require a minimum of £200,000 of support per project.  Application process for Stream 2.

Which one should I apply for?

Applicants will need to consider the eligibility criteria for each and which would be most appropriate to support the aims of the application.

Deadline for appllications

Stream 1 has two rounds of funding with the deadline for applications of 13 June 2012 or 12 September 2012 (both deadlines are at 12 noon). 

The deadline for applications for Stream 2 is 13 June 2012 at 12 noon.

Please see Q&As for more information

Briefing day

A briefing day for potential applicants for both Streams of funding is on 27 April 2012.   Register for the briefing day here

Register for the concurrent webinar here.

Visit the competition website for further info


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