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IOM3 to Manage Materials Knowledge Transfer Networks

The Institute is to manage, on behalf of the DTI, the Materials Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs), the largest group to be formed in the reorganisation recently announced by Science and Innovation Minister Lord Sainsbury. The £40 million business support product involves the migration of 19 Faraday Partnerships to the KTN model. The networks will build on the successful Faraday formula, which has been key in encouraging industry and academia to work together to bring new products and processes to the market.

The Materials KTN will include the Faraday partnerships of Advance, Packaging, Powdermatrix, Plastics and Technical Textiles, together with the Smart Materials Surfaces and Structures Network and the National Composites Network.

The KTNs are:
  • Aerospace and Defence
  • Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies
  • Grid Computing
  • UK Displays
  • BioProcessUK
  • Materials
  • Chemicals Using Industries
  • Integrated Pollution Management
  • Food Processing
  • Industrial Mathematics
  • Sensors
  • Medical Devices and Healthcare
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Location and Timing
  • Electronics enabled Products
  • Biotechnology for Business
  • Photonics
A further four KTNs are under consideration - Cyber Security and Biometrics, Modern Built Environment, Electronics and Imaging.

A national technology strategy and supporting funding programme were recommended in the Innovation Report in December 2003. DTI funding of over £30m over the next three years is supplemented by £2.2m from DEFRA and the Department of Health for relevant networks. For further information, visit

Date Posted: 1 November 2005

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