ISCF Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Demonstrators – EoI

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £16 million for bold and ambitious demonstrator projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging. Support is for business-led projects that demonstrate innovation at commercial scale to address problems in relation to plastic packaging for consumer products. Interested? Feel free to contact us.

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £16 million for bold and ambitious demonstrator projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging. Support is for business-led projects that demonstrate innovation at commercial scale to address problems in relation to plastic packaging for consumer products.

Dates:

Competition closes: 24 March 2021, 11am

Applicants notified and invited to submit a full stage application: 30 April 2021

Project start date & duration: 1st February 2022, between 12-36 months

Scope

A portfolio of projects addressing the 4 UK Plastics Pact targets, across technologies and markets will be funded.

Projects must demonstrate a holistic approach, including the impacts to humans, wildlife and the broader environment.

Projects must demonstrate an idea at commercial scale which:

  • improves the sustainability of the plastic packaging supply chain;
  • helps deliver the targets of the UK Plastics Pact;
  • uses innovation in design, technology, processes, business models, supply chains or data for plastic packaging;
  • embeds a whole-systems approach to sustainability, considering environmental, economic and social factors.

Benefits of the new approach compared to the system your project intends to replace or improve must be quantified.

Specific Themes:

  • minimised or reduced plastic packaging
  • refillable packaging and systems
  • sustainable solutions for film and flexibles
  • food grade recycled polypropylene and polyethylene
  • behaviour change leading to less packaging waste or higher recycling rates
  • solutions for problematic or unnecessary single use plastic packaging items

Projects that will not be funded

  • are detrimental to the environment compared with current dominant solutions
  • encourage or facilitate the export of plastic packaging whilst still classified as waste
  • will primarily produce any kind of fuel or direct energy generation from plastic waste
  • develop materials or packaging which do not have commercially available and viable UK recycling, or appropriate organic waste treatment infrastructure in place by 2025
  • relate to polyvinyl chloride or polystyrene, including expanded polystyrene and high impact polystyrene
  • are dependent on export performance
  • are dependent on domestic inputs usage

Eligibility

  • Subsidy Control and EC State Aid (for NI based activities) funding rules apply.
  • Projects must be collaborative between UK-registered organisations and must be led by a UK-based business.
  • R&D work must be carried out in the UK and project results exploited from UK.
  • Subcontractors, preferably UK-based, with justified and appropriate costs can be employed.

Funding Rates

  • Total eligible project costs between £1Mn to £12Mn (£16Mn pot). Note no funding is awarded at this stage.
  • For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
    • up to 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
    • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized organisation
    • up to 25% if you are a large organisation
  • Research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the UK total eligible project costs.

Need help?

Please contact us for further information on the funding scheme, to discuss a project or how we can support you with an application.

More details and other funding opportunities from Innovate UK can be viewed here.