UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for early-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Opens: 26th Oct 2020
Closes: 20th Jan 2021
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £2 million from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme for early-stage projects.
The Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge aims to establish the UK as a leading innovator in smart and sustainable plastic packaging for consumer products. Its goals are to deliver cleaner growth across the supply chain, with a dramatic reduction in plastic waste entering the environment by 2025.
The aim of this competition is to support feasibility studies and industrial research that addresses widely known problems in relation to plastic packaging for consumer products.
You must explain how you are innovating to address one or more of the UK Plastics Pact targets. The benefits of the new approach must be quantified in terms of the Pact targets where possible. Any environmental impacts must be described and justified.
Projects must deliver one or more of the following:
Projects can include either:
You must quantify the benefits of the new approach compared to the system your project intends to replace or improve.
Your project must demonstrate a holistic approach, including the likely environmental impacts to:
Your proposal must focus on addressing known problems in relation to plastic packaging as the primary application.
Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:
This competition is not funding projects which:
To lead a project or work alone your organisation:
Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must:
Innovate UK has allocated up to £2 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.
If your organisation’s work on the project is mostly commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
For feasibility studies and industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For a collaborative project, the research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 50% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.