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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New Competition: £2m to be invested in aviation security technologies

The Future of Aviation Security

The Department for Transport and the Home Office are to invest up to £2 million over Phases 1 and 2 of this new SBRI competition which will be part of a £25.5 million programme supporting Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS). By 2021, the FASS programme aims to develop and exploit technology, capabilities and knowledge to provide a step-change to existing aviation security capabilities.

Under this initial competition, proposals are invited for new technologies and innovative approaches to improve the ability to detect the widest possible range of explosives, weapons and other threat materials that can be taken on board an aircraft. This competition, which is being managed by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE), seeks proposals to the following challenges:

1. Screening of people and their hand luggage

2. Screening of aviation cargo and hold luggage

For further information go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cde-themed-competition-the-future-of-aviation-security

This competition opens on 20 October 2016, and briefing will be provided at a CDE event on 17 November 2016. Details to be confirmed.

The competition closes on Thursday 19 January 2017 at 5pm. Proposals must be submitted to CDE online.

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