ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: feasibility studies for demonstrators
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.