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INNOVATION UK23 How the Knowledge Transfer Networks help businesses innovate Sharing knowledge for innovation Knowledge Transfer Networks - or KTNs - are funded by the Technology Strategy Board to help businesses innovate by providing them with networking and part-nering opportunities, and giving them up- to- date knowl-edge on markets, technologies and routes to funding. They put companies and innovators in contact with the knowledge that they need to bring new products and processes to market. Companies and individuals can use the KTNs' resources to find collaborative partners or new customers; to get access to the latest academic knowledge and skills; to help with sourcing funding for projects; or to under-stand the impact of new and emerging technologies on business models. KTNS cover the folowing areas: » » Photonics and Plastic Electronics » » Materials » » Energy Generation & Supply ( new) » » Nanotechnology » » Modern Built Environment » » Low Carbon » » Intelligent Transport Systems » » Industrial Mathematics » » HealthTech & Medicines » » Financial Services ( new) » » Environmental Sustainability » » Electronics » » Digital Communications » » Digital Business » » Creative Industries » » Chemistry Innovation » » Biosciences » » Aerospace & Defence » » Sensors & Instrumentation. With a membership of around 57,000, the KTNs can in fact be seen as a network of networks - each covers a specific area of technology, but increasingly links are also being made between KTNs. The principle of knowledge exchange holds true both within and between industry or technology areas, as ideas and information in one area can have unexpected relevance or application in another. More information on KTNs can be found via the Technology Strategy Board's website at: www. innovateuk. org. The benefits of KTNs: » » Networking - frequent opportunities to network with other businesses and academics through targeted events, meetings and special- interest groups organised by the KTN. » » Partnering - through their contacts and knowledge of industry, KTNs can help businesses find partners for new projects and wider opportunities. » » Funding opportunities - advice on Technology Strategy Board Collaborative R& D competitions, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and other sources of funding for innovation such as Framework Programme 7, Eureka, or venture capital. » » Information and news - free access to online services such as market and technology reports, newsletters, webinars/ e- training, events diaries, e- conferencing and collaboration tools and general sector/ application specific information. » » Policy and regulation - a communications route between the KTNs community, government and EU, giving members the opportunity to influence policies and regulation in the UK and abroad. » » Strategy - KTNs are playing an increasingly important role in the development of the Technology Strategy Board's future direction. Challenge- Led Innovation knowledge transfer networks

24INNOVATION UKINNOVATION The Aerospace & Defence KTN supports the UK's ambition of developing innovative technologies for use in leading- edge aerospace products Enabling collaboration throughout the nation The UK aerospace and defence sector is the second larg-est within the global market, with total annual revenue amounting to £ 19.84bn in 20071. It is an attractive market in which technological innovation attracts both investment and trade. The Aerospace & Defence Knowledge Transfer Network ( KTN) is a dynamic hub lending support to the UK's ambition of developing innovative technologies for use in leading- edge aerospace products. We connect the indi-vidual strands of the academic, industrial and govern-ment communities to provide a platform upon which innovative and inclusive collaborations can be built. A sector wide strategy. The Aerospace and Defence KTN is the custodian of the National Aerospace Technology Strategy ( NATS) and works with government, industry, regional and aca-demic representatives to drive it forwards. The KTN's voice is neutral, and so is is able to impartially imple-ment the challenges, potential areas for success, critical research themes and technology validation outlined by the strategy. Technology roadmapping The NATS is underpinned by technology roadmaps which link global challenges, from improving the environmental impact of aviation, to detailed research requirements. 1 Industry revenue for 2007 is 1% higher than the £ 19.64bn recorded in 2006. £ 10.2bn of the 2007 revenue was generated from sales in the civil market. Source: SBAC UK Aerospace Industry Annual Survey 2008. Global Market UK Products UK Products Aerospace Technology Validation Programmes ( ATVPs) Underpinning Research Applied Research Time Technology Readiness Aerospace & Defence aerospace & defence ktn