Design Innovation Network

The Design Innovation Network has been established to encourage innovators to form a collaborative community and embrace design to a greater extent.

The Design Innovation Network has been established to encourage innovators to embrace design as a forethought rather than an afterthought and to a greater extent.

The innovation network will include start-ups, spin-outs, established businesses, not-for-profit, third sector, government organisations and consortia of companies with a common innovation agenda.

We use the term ‘design’ in a broad sense to encompass tools, methodologies and mindsets that encourage consideration of systems beyond the specific technologies. Specifically, we are interested in design activities that address the question of “doing the right thing” as well as “doing the thing right”; design that is human-centered, and system-aware, inclusive and sustainable.

We will work with the innovation community to determine the impact of design on innovation performance and mitigate the barriers to its adoption. With the Network, we will explore how design needs to change, and develop tools to maximise its impact. These insights will also help shape Innovate UK’s evolving Design in Innovation Strategy.

In addition to addressing innovation at an individual project level, the Network will explore how design can respond to complex and uncertain multi-stakeholder challenges such as decarbonisation, food supply, critical materials and inclusion.

We are keen to understand how you use design and what excites you about design in innovation. To explore the possibilities for design in your sector or technology area, please get in touch.

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Additional Design Resources

Find out more about the KTN Design team.

Download design resources from KTN’s Innovation Canvas.

Abigail Hird

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Abigail Hird

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Current Design Innovation Network funding opportunities

Design and pilot digital skills training programmes to embed digital skills in arts and humanities research

Opens: 03/05/2022 Closes: 28/07/2022

Apply for funding to design and pilot digital skills training programmes for the use of digital tools and methods in arts and humanities research. You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for AHRC funding.

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Design Exchange Partnerships: designing net zero

Opens: 01/09/2022 Closes: 30/11/2022

Apply for funding to develop design-based solutions for specific net zero and climate crisis challenges facing UK coastal and island communities.

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Design Open Day: Sustainability
15th September

Design Open Day: Sustainability

Express your interest in joining us at this design open day and find out more about sustainability, circularity and regenerative design alongside other researchers and innovators in the community.

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Design Innovation Drop In Sessions

17/02/2022

Design Innovation Drop In Sessions

Join us for a meeting to discuss design funding opportunities, developing partnerships, design strategies, innovative technologies, and getting involved with our community.

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Innovate UK KTN at New Designers 2022

22/06/2022

Innovate UK KTN at New Designers 2022

Discover the talks that Innovate UK KTN will be hosting at New Designers 2022.

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Programmes related to Design Innovation Network

Innovation Canvas

Innovation Canvas

KTN’s Innovation Canvas is designed to help you create value from innovation and identify the changes needed to make your idea succeed. It provides a framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a specific project, identifying the most urgent challenges to overcome, and prioritising what action to take.

Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey

Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey

Navigating from design to manufacture can be challenging. Translating an idea from a design into manufactured reality requires skill, expertise and tenacity! Through guides, webinars and events, the Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey Programme supports innovators as they look to get develop and commercialise physical products that require manufacturing.