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ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: feasibility studies and industrial research

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Funding details
Registration opens
13 Jan 2020, 00:00
Registration closes
01 Apr 2020, 12:00
Closes
01 Apr 2020, 12:00
Award
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £30,000 and £100,000. Up to 40% of this cost can be covered by the grant.
Organisation
Innovate UK
Summary

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £1 million from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme for early-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging.

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 one or more of the following 4 areas:

  • Materials.
  • Design.
  • Technology or process.
  • Business model or behaviour change.

Projects must start by August 2020 and end by September 2021. They can last up to 12 months.

If your project’s total eligible costs or duration fall outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to support@innovateuk.ukri.org at least 10 days before the competition closes. Innovate UK will decide whether to approve your request.

Projects must be collaborative: the lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding.

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

  • be a registered UK business of any size
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation or RTO
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • be invited to take part by the lead applicant
  • enter its costs in the Innovation Funding Service

Any one business can lead on one application and collaborate in a further 2 applications.

If a business is not leading an application, they can collaborate in up to 3 applications. An RTO or academic institution can collaborate on any number of applications.

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 focus on plastic packaging as the primary application but also include one or more of the following 4 innovation themes.

Materials innovation, for example:

  • new, recyclable polymer materials
  • biopolymers
  • improving ‘compatibilisation’ (making it easier to use more recycled content) alternatives to plastics for current packaging applications (for example, mycelium materials to replace expanded polystyrene) where plastic is the only current option

Design innovation, for example:

  • design for recyclability
  • design for reuse
  • making food delivery and other delivery packaging more recyclable
  • marking and identification technologies to make sorting easier

Technology and process innovation, for example:

  • reuse processes (for example cleaning)
  • collection
  • sorting and separation
  • mechanical recycling
  • chemical recycling
  • anaerobic digestion (AD) or composting of compostable packaging

Business model innovation, for example:

  • reusable packaging systems, for example refill
  • zero packaging business models and systems
  • consumer or business behavioural change

For help with your application, feel free to contact our Materials team, particularly Sally Beken.