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UK Gov Starts Competition for Smart and Sustainable Plastic Packaging

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.

Competition opens: Monday 9 December 2019
Competition closes: Wednesday 19 February 2020 12:00pm


Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £36 million from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme to demonstrate solutions to create a more circular economy for plastic packaging. This funding will be provided in 3 rounds, including one invitation-only competition.

Your project must also include significant industry investment.

This competition aims to invest in up to 3 practical demonstrators. We are also running a feasibility studies competition, to help applicants develop proposals for later rounds under this programme.

Your project must aim to:

  • help make the plastics packaging supply chain more circular
  • deliver the targets of the UK Plastics Pact
  • improve on current state-of-the-art plastic packaging, while still demonstrating practical and close-to-market solutions

Your proposal must:

  • show how your project supports the objectives of the Pact and delivers systemic change
  • clearly explain how you would reduce the UK plastic packaging system’s overall environmental impact

We welcome projects across 1 or more of 4 areas:

  • Materials.
  • Design.
  • Technology or process.
  • Business model or behaviour change.

The competition closes at midday 12pm UK time on the deadline stated.

Funding type


Project size

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £2 million and £48 million.


Click on the link for more info  and registration

ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: demonstrator projects, round 1

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