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Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technologies are those technologies that are still largely held by the research base or in recently formed start-up companies. However, these technologies are disruptive and can offer a step-change in efficiency or functionality over existing products. We have a broad remit, with projects involving the quantum sciences, medical technologies, infrastructure and transport; all involving early-stage technologies at a lower than usual TRL.

Emerging Technologies are those technologies that are still largely held by the research base or in recently formed start-up companies. However, these technologies are disruptive and can offer a step-change in efficiency or functionality over existing products. We have a broad remit, with projects involving the quantum sciences, medical technologies, infrastructure and transport; all involving early-stage technologies at a lower than usual TRL.

We work with the innovators – either in business or academia, and those with an eye on future challenges and technologies.

We want to hear from people with ideas that can offer solutions to problems that others think are impossible to solve. We also want to hear from you if you want to think about challenges that are beyond your current roadmap.

Whether you are an innovator with a new concept, or you have an interest in meeting tomorrow’s challenges, we can connect you to people who can help. We can link you with potential end-users, guide you to sources of funding and tell you about technologies that you may not have come across previously.

Our current focus

Quantum

Quantum-enabled devices present a huge market opportunity for the UK. These technologies could transform a range of sectors including transport, healthcare, infrastructure, ICT, telecommunications and defence.

Neurotechnology

From bioelectronic medicine that treat chronic diseases, to brain-computer interfaces that help stroke rehabilitation, neurotechnology will play an increasingly important role in meeting some of the challenges of an ageing society.

Nature Inspired Solutions

In the past biomimicry or biomimetics started from simple imitation of natural organisms. Over time, it has evolved through integration and combination with modern science and engineering to help us discover new materials, applications, and alternative ways of production.

Funding Opportunities

Commercialising Quantum Technologies: feasibility studies round 2

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million for feasibility studies or market research projects. This funding is from ISCF. Projects must exploit second generation quantum technologies, and must involve an SME.

Opens: 18/01/2021 Closes: 10/03/2021

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SBRI Competition rail demonstrations: first of a kind 2021

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £9 million inclusive of VAT, to develop demonstrators that increase customers’ confidence and enhance experience, deliver a railway that is easy to use, offer low emissions and a greener railway.

Opens: 08/02/2021 Closes: 10/03/2021

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Competition: Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle Testbed

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition seeks proposals for novel and innovative sensors and payloads to be trialled on an extra-large, uncrewed, underwater vehicle (XLUUV), a platform the Royal Navy uses to understand potential capabilities of autonomous vehicles. This competition is looking for technologies ready for on-platform testing and validation which can help the Royal Navy innovate for the next generation of underwater capabilities.

Opens: 18/02/2021 Closes: 08/03/2021

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Events

Tue
13
Oct
2020

Neurotechnology Webinar Series: Developing the UK’s Neurotechnology Capabilities

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Fri
6
Nov
2020

UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase

09.00 - 17.00 | Online

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Mon
15
Feb
2021

February 2021 Workshop: Glimpse of the Future

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

Recording coming soon

News

14.08.2020

Emerging and Enabling Technologies funding round-up

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the Emerging and Enabling Technologies sectors. Updated 16th Feb 2021.

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18.12.2020

No longer the stuff of science fiction, quantum technologies will be integral to everyday life

KTN were proud delivery partners for the UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase 2020. We run through the highlights of a truly inspirational day.

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