Industrial Technologies

Industrial 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 industrial technologies.

The KTN Industrial 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 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 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.

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, biological, physical, mechanical or any other quantities such as chemicals, proteins, weight, dimensions and more.

Related Opportunities

UKRI Circular fashion programme: recycling and sorting demonstrator

Opens: 14/11/2022 Closes: 11/01/2023

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million for a demonstration of innovative technologies, services and processes for the UK’s Fashion and Textile sector.

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PEMD Scale-up: Strand 1, adopting manufacturing best practice

Opens: 21/09/2022 Closes: 07/12/2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to scale up manufacturing in the power electronics, machines and drives supply chain. This strand will fund feasibility studies for innovative manufacturing solutions from other sectors.

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Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 2: closing January 2023

Opens: 10/10/2022 Closes: 13/01/2023

The £289m Industrial Energy Transformation Fund has been supporting the permanent deployment of industrial energy efficiency and decarbonization technologies on industrial sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since July 2020. Your final opportunity to apply for funding from this successful

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Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 9 – Stage 1

Opens: 07/11/2022 Closes: 04/01/2023

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £3 million to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues by working with top scientists and research facilities.

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Circular Economy for SMEs - innovating with NICER, round 2

Opens: 13/10/2022 Closes: 07/12/2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to research, test and develop step-change circular economy approaches. This can cover: chemicals, bio-textiles, metals, or mineral-based construction materials; or research/data work to accelerate the transition.

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Resource efficiency for materials and manufacturing (REforMM)

Opens: 21/11/2022 Closes: 21/12/2022

UK registered businesses and organisations can apply for a share of up to £1 million for feasibility studies that develop new approaches to improve resource efficiency.

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