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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KTN seeks two Directors

A few choice items from the Transport Community, in case you’ve missed them....(back to normal newsletters next month - see previous editions to find out what you've been missing!)

Remember that you can get a live feed of all the new content (e.g. events, news and funding opportunities) on our groups from the RSS activity feed under the “What’s new across Transport” section on our home page.  Alternatively, copy and paste the following feed into your feed reader feed:https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/transportktn/overview/-/asset_publisher/BDG6JWYq7ZNm/rss

To see even more, please follow us @transportktn – there, you will see not only all our new content, but also useful and interesting items of industry-related news that we bring together for your delectation and edification.

A Selection of Upcoming events (view all upcoming events)

4, 5, 11 June: Energy Catalyst Brokering Events. KTN-supported events in Birmingham, Bristol and Glasgow to assist brokering collaborations for the £25 million Energy Catalyst Competition.

4-13 June: Wales Festival of Innovation. Welsh showcase of innovation at various locations across Wales

9-19 June: Imagine Festival.  Transport Systems Catapult hosts exciting series of events in Milton Keynes, exploring intelligent mobility and the future of transport

16 June: Scoping the next Marine/Maritime CR&D competition. Limited spaces at London event for those interested in scoping the next TSB-funded Marine/Maritime competition

24-25 June: UK Rail. Get the lowdown on rail projects in the UK - and a discount of 20% on attending - at this event in London

3 July: Off Highway and Low Carbon Vehicles competitions combined consortia building and information day in Gaydon.  Venue has capacity for 400 people but fills quickly so don’t delay and register today.

10 July: 11th Unlocking Innovation Workshop. The 11th in this series of highly popular workshops will be held in Melton Mowbray.  Come along to find out what you’ve been missing.

A Selection of News (for the whole lot, view News in Transport, News in Energy Efficiency, News in Intelligent Mobility, News in Accelerating Innovation in Rail, News in Vessel Efficiency)

Top news

KTN is recruiting for two Directors – innovative and exciting people needed to each head up a business division at KTN.  One director sought for the Material Domain, and one for the Physical Domain. Apply by 23rd July.

More news

Proposal for a Large Scale Composites Centre in the Solent – find out more and have your say about the proposal – should we or shouldn’t we?

Cabinet Office and BIS to fund release of data projects to the tune of £9.5million – do you want some?

Detailed information on 5 transport-related Future Cities competition winners – in-depth article by our own Tim Watt exploring 5 successful projects and where they’re heading next.

National Rail Enquiries Darwin real-time rail information service to be made available to developers free of charge! Only the big boys will have to pay to play.

RDM is selected to build prototype self-driving vehicles – After a rigorous selection process, the Transport Systems Catapult choses company to build the pods for the LUTZ pathfinder programme.

Gen4 fuel cell by Loughborough-based Intelligent Energy is unveiled at JSAE2014 –integrated, compact, air-cooled fuel cell suitable for 2 or 4 wheeled vehicles

Oaktec wins Shell Springboard competition – and £40,000 – for their small gas engine – a simple, low-cost range extender for electric vehicles may finally be within grasp.

Funding (see more current funding opportunities on our funding pages)

£5million for innovation in location-based services. Registration closes 11 June.

£9.5illion for Open Data under the Release of Data Fund (£7m), and the Breakthrough Fund (£2.5m). Primarily aimed at public servants, local and central government to encourage release of data to the public.  Note: Breakthrough Funds projects must be complete by March 2015.

Up to £75million for low carbon propulsion technologies (APC2) Projects must be collaborative and business led, with total eligible project costs between £5million (APC 1 was £10 million) and £40million  

£25million for Energy Catalyst for projects that address the Energy Trilemma: reducing cost and reducing emissions whilst simultaneously increasing security of supply. Closes end June.

Almost €3bn investment in Robotics – the world’s largest civilian programme in robotics has just launched under the Horizon 2020 Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies pillar  (LEIT), with the next funding call to take place in Oxt 2014.

And there's more....

The Technology Strategy Board is currently scoping a number of competitions, and will announce these in due course.  We are hoping to see competitions in 2014-2015 in a number of areas including intelligent freight/deliveries, marine/maritime (3rd call in this domain), rail (3rd call in this domain), marine autonomous systems (MAS), off highway vehicles, low carbon vehicles (IDP11) (click here to sign up to the event supporting the OHV and IDP11 at Gaydon on 3rd July)

View the Technology Strategy Board’s current competitions


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