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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Niche Vehicles CR&D competition winners announced

Following an independent assessment process the following projects have between them been awarded £900,000 grant funding:

  1. Lightweight Titanium Structures: Caged Laser Engineering, in partnership with Ariel Ltd and Reynolds Technology, aim to investigate the viability of adopting titanium tube as a cost effective raw material for the manufacturing of spaceframe assemblies for low volume and small series production lightweight vehicles.
  2. 4-Speed Electric Minibus: Vocis Ltd, in partnership with Zytek Automotive and the University of Surrey, aim to build a demonstrator vehicle for the Vocis 4 Speed dual motor transmission – known as ‘eDCT’ (electric Dual Clutch-less Transmission). 
  3. Morgan Plus E2: Morgan Motor Company, in partnership with Zytek Automotive and Potenza Technology, aim to undertake the continued development of the Morgan electric vehicle, the Plus E, building upon the lessons learnt during the initial prototype build.
  4. EV Blue: RDM Automotive, in partnership with Potenza Technology and WCT Solutions and Training Ltd, aim to develop a working electric vehicle demonstrator with a novel driver control interface and novel electrical architecture based on the application of an Apple iPad as a driver control interface. 
  5. Gearbox Prototyping Study: Agility Global, in partnership with Turbo Technics and Gibbs Gears, aim to develop and validate a multi-speed gear box for their Saietta electric urban motorbike. 

About the Niche Vehicle Network

Backed by the Technology Strategy Board and OLEV, the Niche Vehicle Network promotes and stimulates R&D collaboration within the niche vehicle sector by bringing together independent vehicle manufacturers, system suppliers and automotive technology companies to collaborate on the innovative application of new technologies within niche vehicle production.  Since the programme’s inception in 2005, the Network has been a catalyst for over 100 different business collaborations and has provided funding for the development of a wide range of vehicle, system and manufacturing process improvement projects. 

The 2012 R&D programme aims to build upon the success of the Network by providing up to £900,000 of grant funding. 

Source: Niche Vehicle Network


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