Take a look at the latest funding competitions of relevance to organisations and academics working within the field of plastics.
UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address Covid-19
There is no closing date – proposals can be submitted at any time.
Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
UKRI will support excellent proposals of up to 18 months duration which meet at least one of the following:
- New research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the award) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.
- Supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential
- Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Current KTP period: Close date: 15.07.20 (after this the next round will be available immediately, so don’t rush your application unnecessarily)
A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration – between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.
Innovate UK Smart Grants
Competition Closes: 27.05.20
Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.
ISCF: Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging
Part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Wave 3, this Challenge will develop a new generation of advanced and sustainable plastic packaging to reduce single-use plastics, increase recyclability and the amount of plastic packaging that is recycled and ultimately reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the environment. Government is prepared to invest up to £60 million in this Challenge from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund until 2024, with additional funding of up to £149 million from industry. The Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge aims to establish the UK as a leading innovator in sustainable plastic packaging for consumer products, delivering cleaner growth across the supply chain, with a dramatic reduction in plastic waste entering the environment by 2025.
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
Projects are welcomed across the following areas: materials; design; technology or process; business model or behaviour change. 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.
EUREKA collaborative R&D: advanced materials, March 2020
Closing date: 30.06.20
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £1 million to fund collaborative business led research and development (R&D) projects. These must result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative and involve a technological risk.
Your collaborative R&D proposal must focus on one of these 4 themes:
- Semiconductors and display.
- Secondary batteries and sensor technology, including energy storage.
- Carbon industry and chemistry, including:
- lightweight materials, composites and recycling of plastics
- nano materials and plastic materials
- Machinery, robots, and metal industry.
Your project must focus on industrial research.
Your project must aim to develop one of the following:
- innovative products
- technology-based applications
- technology-based services
Circular Economy Fund for Manufacturers in Wales
This £6.5m Circular Economy Fund is a Welsh Government initiative, delivered by WRAP Cymru. It provides the opportunity for manufacturers to apply for capital grants to introduce or increase recycled content (plastic, paper / card or textiles) in products, components or packaging produced in Wales.
Eligible businesses of any size may either apply for a ‘small scale’ grant from £25,000 up to €200,000 (the maximum De Minimis threshold) or a ‘large scale’ grant from €200,000 up to c. £750,000.
Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy Investment Fund
The Circular Economy Investment Fund is a funding opportunity for small and medium sized businesses and organisations in Scotland working in all business and social economy sectors. Zero Waste Scotland are investing up to £18 in grant funding for businesses;
- Exploring markets for new circular economy products
- Development and adoption of innovative business models for new circular economy products and services
- Development and uptake of innovative technologies, products and services to support a circular economy
Read More (applications ongoing, 30 day turnaround, projects can run until June 2023)
You can also read about Zero Waste Scotland’s Action on Plastics initiative here.
Ecosurety Exploration Fund
Horizon 2020 Projects
There are a number of ongoing H2020 projects of relevance to plastics. This includes the following areas:
- Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology
- Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing
- Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy
- Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials