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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Long Endurance Marine Unmanned Surface Vehicles Competition

The Technology Strategy Board along with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are running a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to develop technology-enabled solutions addressing long endurance marine unmanned surface vehicles.


Strategic plans of these organisations call for new capabilities in marine robotics, for environmental research and for defence and security respectively.  Recognising their common interests, and the potential for dual-use technology to enable persistent presence in the marine environment, innovative solutions are sought from industry.


The competition will run in two phases:

  • Phase 1 - is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept. The development contracts placed will be for a maximum of 3 months and £50,000 (inc. VAT) per project.
  • Phase 2 - contracts are intended to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstrators from the more promising technologies in Phase 1, the anticipated Phase 2 funding will be about £800,000.

The competition is open from 17th September 2012. The deadline for receipt of applications is the 5th November 2012.  

For more details on the challenge and to register for the competition click here 


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