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.

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Horizon 2020 for Transport update

EU Referendum Result and Implications for Horizon 2020

Both the UK Government and the European Commission have emphasised that, until the UK leaves the European Union, nothing has changed with regards to our ability to participate in Horizon 2020. HM Treasury have further underlined this be stating that they “will underwrite funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects applied for before the UK leaves the European Union” [bold added by me]

 

However, if you or your colleagues have experienced any issues with regards to participation in Horizon 2020 as a result of the EU Referendum result, positive or negative, could you please let the H2020 National Contact Point for Transport know as they would like to monitor reactions (whether positive or otherwise).

 

Competitions Open or About to Open

There are three Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Horizon 2020 competitions due to open on 20th September, each of which has multiple topics with deadlines for submission early next year (this varies, so please check). There is over €400m available.  

 

The topics due to open can be found here:

There is also an Innovate UK competition for Small and Medium Enterprises that could be useful support for companies planning to get involved in Horizon 2020. It will support activities such as:

 

  • meetings with partners in the UK or other countries;
  • travel and subsistence, including travelling abroad to meet partners, attend brokerage or exhibition events and gain a better understanding of market opportunities and user/customer needs;
  • due diligence work on partners and markets;
  • staff time for proof of market or concept work;
  • sub-contracting services (limited to up to 10% of costs) (e.g. contracting an IP lawyer)

If interested, you must register your interest by 21st September and the deadline for applications is 28th September.

 

Forthcoming European Information Days and Brokerage Events

To support the Horizon 2020 competitions, there are a number of Information Days and Brokerage Events that will help you to submit a successful proposal and to meet the right partners to improve your chances even further:

 

For any other information about H2020 for Transport, please get in touch with the National contact point for Transport for H2020

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