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Posted: December 19, 2008

NanoKTN and Materials KTN announce research brokering initiative

(Nanowerk News) Development of new and improved processes is a positive way forward in tough market conditions. However, developing a research consortium to bid for funding can be a daunting prospect especially for first time participants.
Help is at hand, in the form of a research brokering service, launched by the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies. The NanoKTN, which represents the nanotechnology community, has joined forces with the Materials KTN, in order to link up the two communities.
The KTNs will offer an ‘introduction service’ to link up technology developers with integrators and end users, to facilitate industrially-relevant research consortia involving nano-enhanced materials for transport.
The first funding call to be targeted is the Technology Strategy Board ‘High Value Manufacturing’ Call which opens on 19th January 2009 with expressions of interest required by 26th February 2009.
Dr Martin Kemp of NanoKTN explained ‘Nanotechnology encompasses enabling technologies which can revolutionise materials and processes, but integrating these into end applications requires a networking and communication process which we aim to facilitate. Several of the Call themes may be relevant, such as High Value Products, Resource Efficient and Sustainable Processes (improving productivity or reducing material, energy and resource consumption in production processes), and Condition Diagnosis.
Faraday Advance, under the direction of Dr Colin Johnstone, is the transport node of the Materials KTN which focuses on materials in the transport industry, and hence by collaborating with the NanoKTN, the two networks hope to develop nano-enhanced materials projects to benefit the transportation sector.
Nanomaterials, materials, and transportation companies interested in finding partners or discussing in confidence a proposal idea, can contact Dr Martin Kemp, NanoKTN at: martin.kemp@nanoktn.com or Dr Colin Johnstone, Materials KTN at: colin.johnston@materials.ox.ac.uk.
Established by the Technology Strategy Board, the NanoKTN is managed by Centre for Process Innovation Ltd, a leading technology development and consulting company.
About NanoKTN
The NanoKTN 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.
About Materials KTN
The Materials KTN is an overarching network of networks in Materials, set up to bring together the views of all in business, design, research and technology organisations, trade associations, the financial market, academia and others in the value chain across the materials community. The Materials KTN and its network groups provide a range of services and initiatives to enable the exchange of knowledge and the stimulation of business innovation.
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. For further information please see www.ktnetworks.co.uk .
Source: NanoKTN