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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.

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Funding update - SMART funds

Important information about Smart scheme submissions in March 2012

Smart (previously known as Grant for Research and Development) is a Technology Strategy Board scheme offering funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology, from which successful new products, processes and services could emerge.

Please note that if you are preparing an application, you will need to submit it before 12:00 noon on March 1st 2012 if it is to be considered this financial year.

During March, based on feedback received during the first year of operation of the scheme, the TSB is taking the opportunity to make some improvements to the application process and online system, in order to enhance their ability to serve the needs of SMEs.

System unavailable

So that the TSB can make these changes, the Smart online applications system will be temporarily unavailable for a month, starting from 12:00 on 1st March, and so you will be unable to submit, or work on, applications during this period.

The system will be available again at 12:00 on 2nd April and the batch assessment cycle from then will be every two months.

Requirements change

Please note that as part of the improvements the TSB are making, some of the application requirements will change. So that any submission you make from 2nd April 2012 onwards meets the requirements, please ensure that you first refer to the revised Guidance for Applicants. This revised guidance will be available online from 2nd April.  

Submit ASAP for 1st March deadline

If you are currently preparing an application to be submitted by March 1st, the TSB strongly advise you not to leave it until that morning before submitting. The website traffic is always very high on a batch assessment date due to the volume of simultaneous applications, which can result in slow submission and the risk of applications missing the deadline. 

If your application does miss the 12 noon deadline it cannot be accepted and will need to be revised and resubmitted after 2nd April.

For your diary

The new batch assessment dates for Smart scheme applications during the next financial year, which starts on 2nd April, are:

2012    31 May, 19 July, 27 September, 29 November

2013    24 Janary, 21 March

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