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.
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
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.