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Enabling Technologies

Enabling Technologies are the foundation of today’s digital society; they include electronics, sensors, photonics, RF systems and computing.  Every market sector has increased use of technology to increase performance, extend capability and improve ease of use – from smartphones to medical diagnostics and industrial automation.

An example would be a car – modern cars contain 50 to 100 embedded computers using data from up to 100 sensors.  By 2030 it is expected that 50% of the cost of the car will be electronics and associated technologies.

Within the home we expect fast internet and great WiFi to connect our computers and run our connected devices – from light bulbs or heating thermostats to smart devices such as Alexa. Advances in photonics significantly improves the resolution and quality of TV pictures.

Within the manufacturing sector digitalisation is seen as the key driver for productivity improvement in the UK – automation and monitoring of equipment are built on enabling technologies.

The KTN Enabling Technologies team helps organisations interested in developing, or using, innovative technologies to access funding, expert knowledge and to form collaborations. If you are a business working on innovative products, services or processes we can help you take the next step by connecting you with the right funding, people and expertise. 

Our experts work with businesses of all sizes, from start-ups and spin-outs, to medium sized enterprises and multinational organisations. This includes organisations that are undertaking R&D to generate new, innovative products or services that help the UK economy or deliver social good.

Current focus

Electronics

Electronics is the enabler of all things digital. It is the hardware and embedded software that allows products and processes to communicate, have power, have intelligence and awareness, be controlled, be automated and operate safely. It’s built into many sectors, including health, aerospace, manufacturing and retail.

Photonics

Photonics is the science and technology of light. This includes lasers, optical systems and components, as well as fibre optics. Photonics is a £13.5bn industry in the UK. Photonics technology is used across various UK industries and in society, from optical communications and data storage to laser sensors for autonomous vehicles.

Sensors

Sensor technologies create measurements and convert them into digital data. This data can then be analysed to inform decision making. What’s being measured could be chemical, bological, physical, mechanical or any other quantities such as chemicals, proteins, weight, dimensions and more.

Funding Opportunities

Cabinet Office Border Innovation Hub: Ecosystem of Trust Pilot

Through this pilot, border agencies will work with industry to create a broad, end-to-end pilot, to definitively test whether new capabilities across supply chain security and technology, providing greater assurance of goods crossing the border, can unlock world-leading Trusted Trader schemes and develop further simplified customs declaration processes that are able to facilitate greater trade without jeopardising security.

Opens: 06/12/2021 Closes: 31/01/2022

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 5

UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £8 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits.

Opens: 06/12/2021 Closes: 02/02/2022

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SBRI Heat Pump Ready Programme: Stream 2, developing tools and technology

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million of grant funding for projects to overcome barriers to heat pump deployment. This will support the development of tools, technology and processes to overcome specific barriers.

Opens: 20/12/2021 Closes: 15/02/2022

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Events

Thu
27
Aug
2020

Engaging a Diverse Workforce for the Future (Driving the Electric Revolution)

15.00 - 17.00 | Online

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Tue
29
Sep
2020

Photonics for...Manufacture

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Mon
24
May
2021

Trusted Research for Industry Series – Emerging and Enabling, Complex Systems

12.00 - 13.30 | Online

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News

17.12.2021

CyberASAP funding confirmed for 2022/23 cohort

Cybersecurity academics and teams are invited to apply for CyberASAP (Academic Startup Accelerator Programme) – the unique, pre-seed academic commercialisation programme for cyber innovation.

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04.01.2022

Apply now for the Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Programme 2022

Last year Innovate UK and Innovate UK KTN ran the first Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Readiness Programme, with every single SME in the 2021 cohort seeing a positive outcome ranging from investment to partnership opportunities. If you’re an SME in the electric vehicle battery sector, apply now for the 2022 programme!

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