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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Dissemination and Brokerage for £5 million Robotics and Autonomous Systems competition - registration for events in Coventry, Manchester, Southampton

In mid-September, KTN and the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group host a series of networking and briefing events with Innovate UK promoting the recently launched £5 million Robotics and autonomous systems competition - and invites innovators to get an inside track on this opportunity, initiate consortia building, and consider regional specialism for respective robotics and autonomous systems markets.

Through the competition Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are seeking to help UK companies explore new RAS opportunities, and the competition is designed to enable them to develop capabilities for applications in many sectors of the economy.

Proposals can be for systems that are physical, for example a next generation robot. They can also be digital only, for example an automated decision-making system.

Projects to be supported will range in budget size from £50,000 to £500,000. Deadlines for registration and application for the competition are 19 and 26 October 2016.


Innovators starting to build consortia

Each event will provide networking and pitching opportunities to enable capabilities to be presented to a engaged audience. 

In the morning of each event, Innovate UK will outline the competition brief and application details for the £5m funding competition. KTN will run networking opportunities and a company pitch session.

In the afternoon, RAS SIG will run a workshop, collaboration building and a discovery session to identify community needs and LEP opportunities for creating greater collaboration in the respective region, highlighting Smart Specialisation and identifying possible opportunities for funding bids.

In addition the events in Coventry, Manchester and Southampton are being held to help develop Robotics & Autonomous Systems (RAS) community opportunities in association with LEPS, in order to build and strengthen regional collaborations.



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