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ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: demonstrator projects, round 1

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Funding details
Registration opens
09 Dec 2019, 00:00
Registration closes
19 Feb 2020, 00:00
19 Feb 2020, 00:00
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £2 million and £48 million. Up to 45% of project costs can be covered depending on the size of your business.
Innovate UK / ISCF

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £36 million from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme to demonstrate solutions to create a more circular economy for plastic packaging. This funding will be provided in 3 rounds, including one invitation-only competition.

Your project must also include significant industry investment.

This competition aims to invest in up to 3 practical demonstrators. We are also running a feasibility studies competition, to help applicants develop proposals for later rounds under this programme.

Your project must aim to:

  • help make the plastics packaging supply chain more circular
  • deliver the targets of the UK Plastics Pact
  • improve on current state-of-the-art plastic packaging, while still demonstrating practical and close-to-market solutions

Your proposal must:

  • show how your project supports the objectives of the Pact and delivers systemic change
  • clearly explain how you would reduce the UK plastic packaging system’s overall environmental impact

We welcome projects across 1 or more of 4 areas:

Technology or process.
Business model or behaviour change.

All projects must be collaborative.

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £2 million and £48 million.

Your project must start by 1 April 2021 and end by 31 March 2024. It can last between 12 and 36 months.

If your project’s total eligible costs or duration fall outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to at least 10 days before the competition closes.

The aim of this competition is to present a portfolio of demonstrator projects. Your project must showcase close-to-market solutions that go beyond the current state-of-the-art and deliver a more circular economy for plastic packaging.

Your project must deliver on the following SSPP Challenge objectives:

  • Unlock a significant overall increase in research and innovation (R&I) spend spend (government and industry).
  • Deliver R&I to support more sustainable plastic packaging in line with the UK Plastics Pact targets.
  • Increase UK plastic packaging supply chain collaboration.

You must explain how you are innovating to contribute to the UK meeting one or more of the UK Plastics Pact targets:

  • 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable.
  • 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted.
  • 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.
  • Take actions to eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging items through redesign, innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery models.

Your proposal must take a systems perspective, use a lifecycle approach and consider the environment impacts. Read the supporting information to understand the definitions we are using of these terms.

The methodology and models applied to the project should be validated and endorsed by a national and/or international agency, such as the Environment Agency in the UK or the European Environment Agency in Europe.

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