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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What research can you get funded for your business?

Webinar to be held on 9th October

Eventbrite - Funded research for your business

Access quality research

There are a number of part-funded programmes which most universities are able to offer to business, which enable you to obtain the benefit of research and consultancy without the usual hefty pricetag or resource outlay.   Most of them are available to you with minimal hassle (universities WANT to partner with you - it gives their research real industrial basis and their students valuable experience - so have mechanisms that help with the form-filling etc).

What's in it for me?

  • You, as a business, get access to quality research that you may not currently have the capacity for within your own organisation, at a fraction of the cost.
  • You can develop innovative solutions.
  • You can obtain competitive advantage over other organisations who don't have this research.
  • You can open up new markets and new opportunities and grow your business.
  • You can get access to a pool of highly qualified potential employees.
  • You build useful, and possibly long term collaborations.

What funding is available, for what research?

There is a bewildering amount of potential sources of funds that are designed to enable academic/business collaborations.  Entire departments at universities are given over to help this process, and whole sections of their websites are dedicated to explaining the different programmes and processes (see for example Southampton University's excellent resource on collaboration - many of these programmes will also be available at a university that offers the research that you're interested in.  Just ask the business development team at any university and they should be able to signpost you to the right place).

How do I know which programme I should be applying for?

The best programme for you will depend on how much money you have to spend, what timescale you need an answer in, how defined your problem area is, and what outcome you need at the end.  If for example, you need an answer quickly, have a reasonable amount of money available and a well-defined problem, then a short consultancy will probably do the trick.  If you have a general idea about something that you think could yield fruit in a while, but not a lot of money to spare, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership would give you an in-house research associate (with support from senior academics) for up to 3 years.  There are other mechanisms, also part-funded to a greater or lesser degree.

Coming to a place near you

The Transport KTN, in association with academic institutions throughout the UK, will be running a number of events over the next year to assist businesses associated with - or thinking of breaking into new markets in - the transport industry to access the research services of academia.  

We will provide further information via the Transport KTN as these events are fleshed out.



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