Design In Innovation Network
Empowering innovators to drive positive change through the power of design.
The Design In Innovation Network (DIIN) is an exciting community of cross-sector innovators, powered by the Design In Innovation Team at Innovate UK KTN.
Our goal is to inspire and enable innovators to embrace design in a more comprehensive way, by encompassing tools, methodologies, and mindsets that prioritise human-centred design and holistic system-aware approaches.
Our mission is to achieve measurable improvements in innovation outcomes (economic, societal, and environmental) by embedding excellent design throughout the innovation process.
We welcome innovators from various fields, such as SME directors, engineers, policymakers, strategists, economists, scientists, and consultants.
Join the Design in Innovation Network Community
Together, we will unlock the full potential of design in driving innovation performance and breaking down the barriers to its adoption.
Benefits of joining our community
As a member, you will:
- Make powerful connections that build impactful collaborations
- Upskill your design knowledge and learn how to embed design in your organisation
- Engage with the Innovate UK KTN Design in Innovation Team who will be able to support you explore the possibilities for design in your sector or technology area.
Our focus is not only on individual projects, but on tackling complex and uncertain challenges such as decarbonisation, food supply, critical materials, and inclusion.
As a member, you will have access to valuable resources, funding opportunities, and a wealth of information on how to embed design in your organisation.
Design in Innovation Network Platform
Our online platform is designed to facilitate collaboration and engagement with sector experts and to foster a vibrant community of innovators who are passionate about the potential of design to drive innovation.
Join us and become part of a dynamic community of cross-sector innovators who are committed to making a positive impact on innovation outcomes.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact the Innovate UK KTN Design In Innovation team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Net Zero Living: User focused design
Opens: 01/08/2023 Closes: 04/10/2023
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £3.8m to support them in developing net zero products or services.
Innovate UK Smart grants: June 2023
Opens: 15/06/2023 Closes: 27/09/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m for game changing, commercially viable R&D that can significantly impact the UK economy.
Innovate UK innovation loans future economy: round 11
Opens: 14/09/2023 Closes: 08/11/2023
UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.
Meet the Knowledge Transfer Manager in the Design and Innovation Effectiveness Team
Introducing Leanne Fowles, a Knowledge Transfer Manager (KTM) at Innovate UK KTN with a specialisation in Data Visualisation.
Ignite Lab Series Wrap Up: Designing out waste in a circular textile industry
In the Autumn, the Design Team at Innovate UK KTN launched its inaugural Ignite Lab focusing on Sustainable Textiles and Circular Systems in the north of England. The event series, which included on-site visits and online sessions, aimed to connect businesses looking to innovate with design knowledge and expertise, providing diverse opportunities to learn and engage.