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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Webinar : The future of European research funding - Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 is the European programme that will be funding €70.2bn of research between 2014-2020, replacing the Framework Programme 7 (FP7). This is up €17.2bn on the final FP7 budget. Over €5bn of this will be directly pumped into transport related research, some of which could help drive your research activities.

To support the automotive industry’s engagement with this upcoming programme, the Transport KTN, SMMT,  LowCVP and the TSB have all come together to develop a set of activities aimed at helping it maximise the benefits. Kicking this off will be a lunchtime webinar on Wednesday 14th August (12:00-13:00).

Webinar agenda

  • Neil Ridley, Director of the Transport KTN will be giving a quick overview of Horizon 2020 and what it could mean for your business.
  • There will also be an opportunity to get to grips with the draft Transport Work Programme, a document that outlines which areas of research will be supported in 2014/15, courtesy of a presentation from Cliff Funnell, the UK’s National Contact Point for Surface Transport.
  • We also plan to keep enough time at the end for you to raise any questions you may have on Horizon2020 and the draft WP.

To register for the webinar, please follow this link

Why this is important for you

The Automotive Sector Strategy raised investment in technology as a key pillar for the long term future of the UK Automotive Industry, including a specific reference to the opportunity for UK industry to be more involved with European funding streams.

The move from FP7 to Horizon2020 encompasses a number of developments which should make it easier to apply for and manage research projects. These developments include:

  • A reduction in project administration requirements
  • Simplification of the reimbursement process
  • Faster access to finance with an aim of fund provision within 100 days of application
  • Dedicated funding that aims to make it easier for SMEs to participate


Future activities

During the coming months we will be running a number of other webinars and activities to cover a range of topics to help you engage successfully with Horizon2020, including benefits of being involved, how to find partners and how to write successful applications. We will let you know more closer to the time so watch this space.

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