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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Release Data Fund and Breakthrough Fund for the wider release of open data

The Cabinet Office and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have announced the next round of funding for the Release of Data Fund and the Breakthrough Fund for 2014 to 2015 to support the wider release of open data.


Release of Data Fund

The Release of Data Fund, administered by Cabinet Office, has a budget of up to £7 million. It aims to boost the release of public data by funding:

  • the release of specific datasets prioritised by the Open Data User Group on behalf of the wider open data community
  • training for public servants


The Breakthrough Fund

This is administered by BIS and has a budget of £2.5 million per year. It provides funding to government departments, agencies and local authorities to publish open data where there are short-term technical barriers to its release. There are 2 strands of funding available, aimed at:

  • central government department
  • local government



To qualify for funding, bids for either fund must show:

  • value for money, and that the bid is well costed
  • that the applicant cannot get funding through existing budgets
  • a commitment to make the data available free under the Open Government Licence
  • that there is a clear demand for the data and a longer term economic, social or environmental benefit from making the data available
  • that the project design meets the needs of at least 1 consumer, who should be involved at an early stage
  • a commitment to tracking the use of the data and resulting benefits with clear monitoring and evaluation plans
  • that other organisations in similar situations will be able to reuse the patterns, standards, platforms and tools easily under open source licence
  • that data released has relevance at a national level, or, if produced at regional level, can be potentially scaled to national level
  • plans to work with other organisations or local authorities
  • that the project will be finished by March 2015


See the Guidance on Release of Data and Breakthrough Funds


See the Application form for Release of Data and Breakthrough Funds




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