ISCF Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Overview & Future Funding Competitions

Posted on Posted on 17 Dec 2020

Read an overview of the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging challenge and future funding competitions in this area.

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.

 

On Tuesday 8th December, KTN held this webinar on the current and upcoming funding from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge, the themes and types of projects which will be funded and advice on guidance on how to prepare the best application for your project. In early 2021 the SSPP challenge will offer up to £25M of funding to support research, development and demonstration projects that will make the UK Plastic Packaging Supply Chain more circular and help deliver the targets of the UK Plastics Pact. Watch back below:

 

You can read about the currently open Future Plastic Packaging Solutions strand of this competition here.

 

ISCF Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging: Demonstrators (Expression of Interest)
Opens in February 2021 – £16m fund. Grants from £1m up to a maximum grant of potentially £12m.
For ambitious, large scale Demonstration Projects which are business led and collaborative.

All projects must:
• support the UK to deliver one or more of the UK Plastic Pact targets
• clearly explain how they would reduce the UK plastic packaging system’s overall environmental impact
• utilise innovation in design, technology, processes, business models, supply chains or data for plastic packaging

We are particularly interested in projects which demonstrate at commercial scale:
• minimised / reduced plastic packaging
• enable refill at scale
• sustainable solutions for film & flexibles
• food grade recycled polypropylene and polyethylene
• behaviour change leading to less packaging waste and/or higher recycling rates
• addressing the UK Plastics Pact target for problematic or unnecessary single use plastic packaging items

 

ISCF Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging: Business-led Research & Development (BLR&D)

Opens in March 2021 – £8m fund – grants between £200k and £4m
For Research and Development Projects which are Business-Led.

All projects must:
• support the UK to deliver one or more of the UK Plastic Pact targets
• clearly explain how they would reduce the UK plastic packaging system’s overall environmental impact

We are particularly interested in R&D projects which:
• minimise / reduce plastic packaging
• enable refill at scale
• create sustainable solutions for film & flexibles
• enable food grade recycled polypropylene and polyethylene
• promote behaviour change leading to less packaging waste and/or higher recycling rates
• address the UK Plastics Pact target for problematic or unnecessary single use plastic packaging items

 

Find out more here.
 

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