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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Transport KTN supporting £4m competition on innovation in rail sector

New competition 

The Technology Strategy Board today announced a £4m competition, funded jointly with the RSSB, to encourage technology exchange and innovation into the rail industry.  This competition, which will open on 7th November, is seeking a broad range of innovative but comparatively small projects completing on a short timescale. It is anticipated that there will be funding for between 15 and 20 projects.

Download the brief from the Technology Strategy Board website.

Consortia building and information day

The Transport KTN invites interested parties to a consortia-building and information day to be held in the Midlands on 20th October.  More information on this event can be found on the Accelerating Innovation in Rail group's events calendar.

The Technology Strategy Board will be holding an information day on the 16th November.  More info on this to be available from the TSB website in due course.

Read the full press release here

Join the Accelerating Innovation in Rail group

The Technolgy Strategy Board and the Transport KTN will be working closely together to ensure quality submissions from a broad range of disciplines within and outwith those traditionally involved in rail and the transport industry.  Members of this group will be the first to receive updates on events, partner requests and other relevant information.  Make sure your personal profile on the Transport KTN is up to date and visible, to help others to find and network with you.

Background info

Historically, despite the need for innovation in rail, businesses have found that there are considerable barriers to bringing innovations to market in the UK and therefore limitations on exploitation of innovation in global markets. This is particularly true for businesses outside the rail sector as the industry acceptance requirements are challenging.

Innovation in Rail

Whilst the McNulty report focused much attention on cost, it also highlighted the need for innovation as a mechanism to address the challenges facing the railway industry.  The industry as a whole is strengthening its approach to innovation (see for example Network Rail's Innovation and suggestion scheme and the RSSB report on GB Rail 20 year vision for innovation) and is especially seeking new ideas, novel applications and marketable technological expertise from outside the traditional sphere, which can be brought to bear on the specific challenges within rail.

Visit the Accelerating Innovation in Rail group, register and sign up for notifications

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