Global funding and support for innovation

Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)


Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is Innovate UK's network partner. It offers sector-focused, thematic support to businesses to help them:

  • understand and access UK, European and international funding
  • build national and international research and innovation partnerships
  • connect with businesses and experts outside their usual networks and industry
  • accelerate the development and exploitation of innovative ideas
  • signpost other helpful sources of business support

Global Expert Missions

Led by KTN and funded by Innovate UK, the Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme plays an important role in supporting strategic global partnerships.

Through its inward, outward, and virtual missions, the programme works to:

  • build international collaboration
  • provide expert insights to UK businesses
  • showcase UK capabilities abroad
  • publish GEM reports to share the information gathered during the missions and highlight potential opportunities in the different markets

Access the KTN's Global Expert Mission reports.

KTN programmes

The range of programmes ran by KTN is broad and varied. It includes (among others):

  • Innovation Exchange - focusing on cross sector collaboration
  • Innovation Networks - pooling expertise in different areas of innovation, development and new technologies, such as AI for Services, Quantum Technologies, Battery Systems, Hydrogen Economy and others
  • Global Alliance - fostering strategic links and long-lasting partnerships with the global innovation community
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - giving businesses access to research expertise and graduate talent

See a complete list of programmes run by KTN.

Other KTN tools and resources

As well as the missions and programmes, KTN offers a wealth of other support and advice for innovators in the UK. Their tools and resources include, for example:

  • the Innovation Canvas - to help you create value from innovation and identify the changes needed to make your idea succeed
  • the Horizons toolkit - to help you identify the big trends, issues, risks and opportunities coming your way
  • the 4Manufacturing tool -; to help manufacturers to innovate

For a full list of tools and guidance provided by KTN, access KTN's library of resources.