UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £12 million for practical demonstrator projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £12 million
Opens: 9th Dec 2019
Closes: 19th Feb 2020
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:
You must explain how you are innovating to contribute to the UK meeting one or more of the UK Plastics Pact targets:
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.
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:
Design innovation, for example:
Technology and process innovation, for example:
Business model innovation, for example:
To lead a project your organisation must:
Academic institutions cannot lead.
To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.
Innovate UK have allocated up to £12 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.
Organisations that are primarily engaged in commercial or economic activity (known as selective advantage) as part of the project must ensure their request for funding does not exceed the limits defined below. This includes organisations that typically act non-economically but for the purpose of this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.
Projects in this competition will be experimental development.
You can receive up to 25% of total eligible project costs for your experimental development project. The maximum percentage an individual partner can receive is dependent on the size of organisation as follows:
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.
The research organisations in your consortium undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% 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.
Innovate UK are not funding projects which: