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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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Competition - £3M Environmental Data Competition

The Technology Strategy Board and NERC have allocated up to £3million to invest in a number of business led, collaborative feasibility studies which will establish the proof of market for environmental data-led solutions and should address a specific business issue from one of the following areas:

  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Built Environment
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Financial Services

The competition is to help business address problems and/or opportunities that would benefit from the application of environmental data. Companies may be able to mitigate a particular risk to their business from their (or their supply chain or customer’s) interaction with the environment or better adapt to a dynamic future and emergent trends.

Information such as land cover, environmental change, precipitation, farm performance, biodiversity, water flows, geological surveys and marine environment a lot of which is collected by public agencies and academic centres and being made available for the competition.

Combining these with datasets linked to business and societal challenges provides clear innovation opportunities in key areas such as Transport, Built Environment, Agriculture & Food, Energy and Financial Services. Some possible examples of application areas include:

  • links between weather patterns and transport modes can help national infrastructure and regional hubs predict and manage congestion;
  • flood risk data can be used in increasing the resilience of buildings and understanding the potential for disruption to supply chains, logistics and customers;
  • data on weather patterns, soil type and water levels can aid agricultural productivity and planning;
  • weather forecasts inform supply and demand for energy generation and supply;
  • geological survey data are being used by cities to examine geothermal energy sources;
  • various environmental data to understand the impact on local environment of energy projects.

The competition will open 30 September 2013 and closes 13 November 2013. More detail on the competition will be available here in due course.

Roadshow Events

Four regional ‘Roadshow' events will be run, ahead of the competition to enable potential applicants to understand the nature and spirit of the Technology Strategy Board/NERC call, its intentions to make data accessible, and its timescales. In addition potential applicants will have an opportunity to explore some trial data sets

To register please use the links below;

Please contact Derek Pedley or Jenni McDonnell at the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network to discuss how you can best get involved with the opportunity presented by Environmental Data applied to solving business problems, and for information regarding the roadshow programme in support of the Competition call.

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TSB, NERC, Environmental Sustainability KTN