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ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: feasibility studies for demonstrators

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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 £25,000 and £50,000. Up to 70% of costs can be covered depending on size of business/organisation.
Innovate UK

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £36 million from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme to demonstrate solutions that create a more circular economy for plastic packaging. This funding will be provided in 3 rounds. Your project must also include significant industry investment.

We are funding feasibility studies for demonstrators, which will create a proposal to enter into a later, invitation-only demonstrator projects competition. In addition to this, we are also running a separate demonstrator projects competition for projects that are ready to start work – to enter the demonstrator competition, your project’s total eligible costs for a demonstrator project must be between £2 million and £48 million. Up to 45% of project costs can be covered depending on the size of your business.

If you are looking to run a feasibility study and your costs are £25k-£50k, read on.

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 solution

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 these 4 areas:

technology or process
business model or behaviour change

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £25,000 and £50,000.

Projects must start by 1 June 2020 and end by 31 August 2020. They can last up to 3 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.

Your project must deliver on the following SSPP Challenge objectives:

  • Unlock a significant overall increase in research and innovation (R&I) 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 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.

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.