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.

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Transport KTN promotes information and partnering for vessel efficiency competition

Maritime funding competition expected January 2013

The Technology Strategy Board will shortly announce a multimillion pound competition into vessel efficiency, opening in January 2013.  This will be the first competition of its kind that the Technology Strategy Board has run and we are keen that our contacts and KTN members are well-placed to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to invest in essential R&D and expand their business.

We are working closely with our colleagues in the marine and maritime industry including the UK Marine Industries Alliance, Marine Southeast and Mersey Maritime to promote this to their members, and look forward to meeting as many people as possible at our 3 events in Nov and Dec.

KTN membership aids information dissemination and networking

To aid this process, we have set up an online networking and information sharing group Vessel Efficiency which will be the definitive place used by the KTN to inform you of any news, events or useful links, and can be used by all members of the group to look for project and business partners and ask questions about the topic or competition.  

If you follow @transportktn or the Twitter hashtag #vesselefficiency you'll also see all articles and news from this group as soon they're posted.

Briefing days

You are also invited to attend one of our free briefing and information days.  We are holding three, one each in Merseyside (22nd Nov 2012), London (27th Nov 2012) and Glasgow (5th Dec 2012).  

Joining the online group, and attending one of these events will aid your networking in the industry, and ensure that you are well-prepared to submit a proposal when the expressions of interest are invited in January.

More info about the competition

The scope is currently being finalised by the funding bodies and we will include details on this through the Vessel Efficiency group as soon as it is available. Through dialogue with funding bodies, and previous workshops with industry and academia throughout the marine roadmapping process, we expect this competition will be quite broad and will cover the following innovation and technology themes: 

  • Light weight materials and structures
  • Smart materials and coatings
  • Positioning and communications
  • Autonomous sensing and advanced navigation
  • Smart green propulsion, alternative low carbon fuels and emission reduction systems
  • Vessel design including hydrodynamics, retro-fitting and modifications to existing assets
  • Engineering and manufacturing processes

Who is it aimed at?

This competition is a welcome opportunity for marine companies throughout the UK, from leisure marine through to large shipping.  The whole industry (from ship and boatbuilders to equipment and systems suppliers, including small businesses) should consider how it could help their R&D plans for next year.


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