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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Up to £15million funding for Technology-Inspired Innovation

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £15m in collaborative research and development projects that stimulate innovation across their key enabling technology areas: 

  • advanced materials;
  • biosciences;
  • electronics, photonics and electrical systems;
  • information and communications technology; and
  • nanoscale technologies.

This competition is co-funded by Scottish Enterprise with up to £2.75m of additional funding.

More information and the brief are available on the Technology Strategy Board's website.

The aerospace, aviation and defence KTN is holding a consortia-building event on the 11th November in London. More info.


The focus is for this competition is on projects where recent technological discoveries or breakthroughs have inspired people to innovate in a context of significant technology risk, or have led to ideas that are yet to find applications in a recognised market or business sector.

Innovation in these key enabling technology areas can be a significant driver of economic growth and enhance quality of life.

Proposals should be collaborative and led by a business. The Technology Strategy Board expects to invest between £250k and £500k in each project, although projects outside this range will be considered.

The Technology Strategy Board are primarily looking to fund applied research projects attracting 50% public funding. This is a two-stage competition, opening on 31 October 2011 with deadline for EOI at noon on 30 November 2011. Successful appllicants at the EOI stage will be informed by 6 Feb 2012 and will be invited to submit a full proposal by noon on 21 March 2012.  

Read the Transport KTN's guide to the Collaborative R&D funding process.

A briefing event will be held in London on 10 November 2011.

Note: For further information on Scottish Enterprise priorities for this competition,please refer to www.scottish-enterprise.com/your-sector/technology

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