Knowledge Transfer Partnership


Edinburgh Napier University Business School and the Voluntary Action Fund



The Voluntary Action Fund and Edinburgh Napier University Business School, following a successful application to Innovate UK, launched a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)* Project in 2015.

The aim of the project is to align the responsible giving activities of organisations with the real and emerging needs faced by communities and society in general.

The academic research conducted at the start of the project found that there was a lack of connectivity between the Public, Private and Third Sector approaches to responsible giving activities (formally known as Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR).  With this in mind, the Partnership have consulted with a range of stakeholders from across the 3 sectors and are now focused on gathering the responsible giving activities that private sector organisations across Scotland are engaging in. 

One of the key trends arising from this research is that it is SME’s and family owned businesses that operate at the heart of many of Scotland’s communities.  They are in a unique position to ensure that their responsible giving activities not only benefit the community in which they operate but can also provide benefits to their organisations, in terms of raising brand awareness, for example.

The final stage of the project is to analyse the data gathered from these interviews and report on the overall findings and provide recommendations before the project completes in May 2017.

If you are an SME or a family owned business and are interested in taking part in these interviews or would like further information on the project, please contact Lorna McCallum, KTP Operations Associate on 01383 620780 (ext 212) or email

*A KTP is part of a UK Government Scheme to support major knowledge-based strategic programmes and developments which bring about significant business benefits eg. The development of new products to access new markets.  There are currently KTPs operating across the public, private and third sectors in the UK.  A key part of a KTP is a partnership with an academic institution to access knowledge, develop the new product/market and support an Associate who will undertake the work.