Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
You can find partners, collaborators and expertise in your field of work by joining KTN. It’s a network of businesses, academics and funders that builds communities around emerging innovations and business sectors.
Innovate UK Edge
You can get advice and support to help your innovative business to grow at pace and achieve your ambitions. Innovate UK Edge offers dedicated innovation and growth specialists to work directly with you and your team.
You can get expert help and specialist facilities through a network of Catapult not-for-profit independent technology and innovation centres. There are nine Catapults, each specialising in a particular area of innovation:
- Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult – helping cell and gene therapies be safer, more effective, scalable and affordable
- Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult – developing and commercialising new applications for compound semiconductors
- Connected Places Catapult – applying emerging technologies to the places we live, work and play
- Digital Catapult – accelerator programmes, laboratories for digital technology innovation and adoption
- Energy Systems Catapult – helping UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth
- High Value Manufacturing Catapult – seven world-class research and development facilities for advanced manufacturing and materials
- Medicines Discovery Catapult – innovative life science technology and new approaches to medicines discovery
- Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult – facilities for innovation in offshore renewable energy, including open-access test facilities
- Satellite Applications Catapult – helping organisations make use of satellite technology.
You can work with the agri-tech centres to help you develop and assess technology and data-driven solutions to challenges faced by the agrifood sector. There are four centres specialising in different areas:
- Agri-Epi Centre – pioneering innovation, technology and precision engineering in UK farming for increased productivity, profits and sustainability
- Agrimetrics – realising the value trapped in data including running the Agrifood Data Marketplace where data can be easily shared, monetised and accessed
- Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) – transforming innovation through the uptake of new technologies, to advance crop productivity and sustainability for future generations
- Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) – world-leading applied farm animal research alliance helping to bring new technologies and processes to livestock food production.
Innovation and knowledge centres
You can work with innovation and knowledge centres to help commercialise emerging technologies. Centres are supported by Innovate UK and based in universities. They aim to create early-stage critical mass in areas of disruptive technology. For example, the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC), at the universities of Southampton, Liverpool, Nottingham and Edinburgh, aims to deliver breakthrough science and technologies to control and exploit biofilms.