UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 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 £1 million
Opens: 13th Jan 2020
Closes: 1st Apr 2020
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 innovation to deliver a more circular economy for plastic packaging in order to 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 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 or work alone your organisation must:
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.
Up to £1 million has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition.
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £30,000 and £100,000.
Projects must start by August 2020 and end by September 2021. They can last up to 12 months.
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 can be either feasibility studies or industrial research. The project’s overall grant cannot exceed 40% of the total eligible project costs. Of that 40%, the maximum percentage an individual business partner can receive in a collaborative project is dependent on the size of organisation as follows:
The research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum is shared between them.
Innovate UK are not funding project which: