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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.

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Proposals sought for research and development projects in harnessing data

The transport sector generates terabytes of data each year, both real-time and historical, much of which languishes in proprietorial systems, never to be shared, viewed or used to its best potential. 

This sector is rich in data (e.g. traffic and environmental monitoring, vehicle, ship and fleet operation, network management systems for road and rail, as well as millions of travellers), but, as many of our workshops have highlighted, there are issues regarding who owns it, and how to share, disseminate and use it.

There is an enormous potential for these rich sources of data to not only  generate new capabilities delivering cost savings and new business opportunities, but also transform transport and travel, here in the UK and beyond.

On 13th September, the Technology Strategy Board will be opening a competition on harnessing data, which comprise two sections:

  1. Harnessing diverse data sources - such as ways to model and assess the value of data to a business, novel approaches to integrating internal and external data sources, and ways to monetise and share data assets across organisations;
  2. Making sense of 'big data' - such as new or enhanced algorithms that significantly speed up data analysis, novel visualisation technologies that put complex and 'big data' in the right form to be easily understood and explored. 

Projects are expected to last for no more than 18 months and Technology Strategy Board investment in each project is likely to be between £100,000 and £500,000 (though projects outside this range will be considered).

The Transport KTN will be actively supporting this call - if you haven't already, make sure you join us to get involved, access potential partners and consortia, and stay up to date with what's happening.

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