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Global Watch Service

The DTI Global Watch Service provides support dedicated to helping UK businesses improve their competitiveness by identifying and accessing innovative technologies and practices from overseas.

The DTI Global Watch Service is to close on 31 March 2007.

This pioneering service has proved successful in helping UK companies find and benefit from overseas technologies. However, the Government is streamlining and simplifying the support it provides to UK businesses and, as a result, from April the main focus for UK companies and organisations seeking innovation support will be the Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs). The KTNs have been set up by government, industry and academia to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience between industry and the science base. You will find direct links to specific technology areas at

UK Trade & Investment also provides support for both UK organisations looking to work with overseas companies and overseas firms wishing to work with UK businesses. You can find out more at

R&D grants are available in the form of the DTI Grant for R&D (administered by Regional Development Agencies), DTI Collaborative R&D ( and the EU Framework Programme 7  ( ) 

Online information

While the Global Watch Service website will close, like the service itself, at the end of March much of its content will still be available via the KTN portal (

From these sites you can access and download DTI Global Watch Mission reports and search the extensive technology knowledge pools for which the Global Watch Service website was renowned. Users will also be able to continue to use Active Knowledge, the real-time knowledge management tool which automatically brings intelligently-gathered information direct to their desktop as they work.


The Global Watch Service team


View the launched DTI Global Watch Service Annual Report