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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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KTN event to preview the next round of the €6BN Horizon 2020 transport programme - save the date: 15 July at The ICC Birmingham

Knowledge Transfer Network, in cooperation with Innovate UK, will be hosting a special preview event at Birmingham’s ICC Centre on 15 July, offering first sight of the next round of Horizon 2020 transport funding calls.

KTN’s Preview of H2020 Transport Work Programme Priorities for 2016, will give the inside track on the topics areas of the next round of funding calls expected to be published in September, plus all the necessary tips and tricks for optimising the chances of successfully putting together a proposal for European funding for innovative transport related ideas.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It has an emphasis on world-class science, removing barriers to innovation and making it easier for the public and private sectors to work together.


Transport funding - a €6BN opportunity

More than €6 billion is allocated for Transport, targeting European Transport research to help increase the mobility of people, with low-carbon technologies, clean vehicles, smart mobility systems and integrated services for passengers and freight.

The “smart, green and integrated transport” challenge is allocated a budget of €6,339 million, to help achieve a European transport system that’s resource-efficient, climate and environmentally friendly, and safe and seamless for the benefit of all citizens, the economy and society.

A second, two year, work programme, covering calls for funding for 2016 and 2017 is currently in draft, and is to be previewed by key influencers at the KTN event on 15 July.


Helping the UK transport communities optimise the chance of winning Horizon 2020 funding

This special preview event will be the focus of KTN’s efforts to bring together the right people from within UK transport related communities - from large corporates to SME businesses, as well as academics and public sector bodies - to maximise awareness of the forthcoming funding calls, make sure potential applicants have the best, most up-to-date, information on how to apply, and smooth the path to effective consortia building.


Outline schedule of the KTN Preview Event

Delegates will receive a special preview of the draft Horizon 2020 Transport work programme activities across all transport modes – for road, rail, air and maritime, covering:

  • Resource efficient transport that respects the environment;
  • Better mobility, less congestion, more safety and security;
  • Global leadership for European transport industry;
  • Socio-economic and behavioural research and forward looking activities for policy making.

In addition, we will set out the drivers and themes of the work programme, highlight the essentials of a successful proposal bid and the criteria for evaluation, and provide networking opportunities for exchange ideas and experiences, and help ease the path toward seeking partners and for building consortia.

Confirmed keynote speakers for the event include Alessandro Damiani, the EU’s Head of Unit Strategy within the Directorate General Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and Dr Miles Elsden, Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department for Transport (DfT).

A networking dinner is also being planned for the evening prior to the event - we will provide an update on how to register your interest when we have details to pass on.


Registration to open shortly - save the date for now...

Registration for the event, and dinner, will be open shortly. We’re alerting our communities now to give the earliest opportunity for marking this event boldly in the calendar, and to provide the maximum time to consider potential funding proposals.

So, at this stage, please contact Natasha Sim, Events Manager - Built Environment, Energy and Transport, to be kept informed about how to register and for early expressions of interesting in attending the 15 July preview event in Birmingham.

Otherwise, save the date and check back with the event page soon.


Related:  For successful Horizon 2020 applications... don't be a wallflower

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