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UK Knowledge Transfer Networks

The NanoKTN

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) facilitates the transfer of knowledge and experience between industry and research, offering companies dealing in small-scale technology access to information on new processes, patents and funding as well as keeping up-to-date with industry regulation. The four broad areas that the NanoKTN focuses on are: Promoting and facilitating knowledge exchange, supporting the growth of UK capabilities, raising awareness of Nanotechnology, and providing thought leadership and input to UK policy and strategy.

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The Materials KTN

The Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is a partnership between business, research and technology organisations, designers and universities to provide UK manufacturing and services with additional resources to compete in global markets. The Materials KTN incorporates groups related to metals, plastics, packaging, ceramics, technical textiles, design, composite materials, smart materials and materials for transport.

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Materials UK

Materials UK is the policy and legislative arm of the Materials KTN. It advises Government on priorities for materials in the UK. It works with the materials community to deliver essential activities such as the optimisation of the UK’s R&D asset base, provision of a validated database of materials property for designers, producers and users, and knowledge transfer to support the development of materials, manufacturing and new applications.


The Sensors & Instrumentation KTN

The Sensors & Instrumentation Knowledge Transfer Network (SIKTN) is the UK’s national network covering the whole of the UK’s sensing community, from academics and large industries to small businesses, research councils and government departments. The KTN embraces sensing in its entirety – from the principles of measurement and novel sensor technologies to instrumentation, deployment and data analysis. It works with industry and researchers to stimulate innovation in the development and deployment of sensors and instrumentation technologies.

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The Chemistry Innovation KTN

Chemistry Innovation is a national Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) established in 2006 to stimulate and support product and process innovation in the UK chemistry-using industries. We seek to drive value for the UK economy through the delivery of a coherent strategy and support framework for stakeholders that provides focus and prioritises activity. We facilitate innovation and knowledge transfer by providing unique events and networking opportunities that connect companies, universities, funding bodies, national, regional and devolved administrations - enabling them to focus on a common innovation agenda. We drive partnerships and collaborations with other UK and European organisations involved in the delivery of innovation services to ensure a coherent approach with industry/academia in defining and funding the delivery of innovation projects. Chemistry Innovation is currently engaged in a portfolio of collaborative projects valued at over £60 million and involving over 150 organisations. To date, our activities have generated over £740 million of value to UK plc.

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About Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs)

Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs) are national networks in specific fields of technology or business application, which bring together people from businesses, universities, research, finance, the public sector and technology organisations to stimulate innovation through knowledge exchange. Funded by the Technology Strategy Board, their activities play an increasingly important role in the development of the Government's technology strategy, and help to feed and drive the Collaborative Research & Development Programme and other innovation interventions. There are currently 24 KTNs with a total membership of about 25,000 people.

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 The Technology Strategy Board

The Technology Strategy Board  is a business-led executive non-departmental public body, established by the government. Its role is to promote and support research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for the benefit of UK business, in order to increase economic growth and improve the quality of life.

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