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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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Public consultation on the development of a comprehensive, integrated Research, Innovation, and Competitiveness Strategy for Energy

The European Commission has launched a public consultation as part of its development of an Integrated Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy designed to help the EU’s transition to a sustainable, competitive, energy-efficient and low-carbon economy, in line with commitments made at the COP21 international climate conference in Paris in December 2015 on climate targets.

The consultation is open for responses until 31 May.

 

Research and innovation (climate) ‘pillar’

The objective of the consultation is to collect the opinions of stakeholders and interested parties, including EU citizens and private and public organisations, about research, innovation and competitiveness strategy for the Energy Union, as the fifth pillar of the Energy Union.

The European Energy Union is tasked with ensuring that Europe has secure, affordable and climate-friendly systems for energy provision. The other four Supply security; A fully-integrated internal energy market; Energy efficiency and emission reduction.

The Research and innovation (climate) ‘pillar’ supports breakthroughs in low-carbon technologies by coordinating research and helping to finance projects in partnership with the private sector.

The strategy is linked to the implementation of the Energy Union Communication, which called for more research and innovation so an energy transition happens via modern, user-friendly, safe, sustainable and secure solutions to the benefit of EU citizens and businesses.

How to submit a contribution

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.

Next to this formal consultation, targeted consultation processes of specific stakeholders for the energy and the transport area will also be put in place through existing fora, such as the European Technology Platforms (ETPs), and through the establishment of Expert groups.

Contributions are particularly sought from research organisations and associations of research organisations, universities and associations of universities, public authorities (including regional and local administrations), local communities, large businesses, small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), business associations, inter-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individual citizens, which are stakeholders in energy and transport sectors but also from those that are stakeholders in the industry, agriculture/bioeconomy and construction sectors.

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