ISCF Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge Briefing Event

Posted on Posted on 26 Nov 2019

KTN, alongside Innovate UK and UKCPN, will be hosting a briefing event on the upcoming Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging competition on 5th December in London - registration now open.

The purpose of this event is to provide information to enable businesses to decide if the Smart Sustainable Plastics Packaging Challenge Demonstrator Round 1 or Feasibility Studies for Demonstrators Competition is appropriate for them.


Innovate UK (UKRI) and the Knowledge Transfer Network are hosting a briefing event for the first two competitions of the Smart Sustainable Plastics Packaging Challenge:

  • Demonstrator Round 1
  • Feasibility Studies for Demonstrators


Both competitions are due to open for applications on 9th December, more details will be published on the competitions page shortly. For more information on the competition in the meantime please click here


As part of the Clean Growth Grand Challenge within the Government’s Industrial Strategy, a £60m Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge was announced in Summer 2019 which is expected to be matched by funding of up to £149 million from industry.


The challenge will deliver strategic leadership and a co-ordinated programme of research and innovation for the design, production, supply, recovery and recycling of plastic packaging across the entire value chain.


The Opportunity:

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £36 million from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme to fund late-stage demonstrator projects for solutions to create a more circular economy for plastic packaging. Projects must show how they will deliver a more circular plastics packaging supply chain and deliver the targets of the UK Plastics Pact, projects should also include significant industry investment.


This funding will be divided between three rounds – this briefing event is for Round 1 which will invest up to £12 million. In addition, Innovate UK will invest up to £750,000 in feasibility studies to develop proposals for the later rounds.


Demonstrators are welcome that trial smart and sustainable packaging innovation across 4 areas at scale:

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

Demonstrator projects should improve on the current state-of-the-art in plastic packaging, while still demonstrating practical and close-to-market solutions.


This Briefing Event will provide:

  • an opportunity to hear about the scope of the competition in more detail from the competition team
  • opportunities to network and develop ideas and partnerships for the competition
  • an opportunity to meet and explore ideas with UKRI and wider stakeholders



10.00: Arrival and Registration

10.30: Welcome and Introduction to the event, KTN

10.35: An introduction to the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge

10.55: Presentations by Innovate UK competition team

11.40: Q&A

11.55: How the KTN can help you apply for the Plastics Innovation competition

12.05: Enabling Research – a preview

12.15: 1 min pitches for potential collaborators

12.45: Lunch + Networking

14:00: Formal Close

14.00 – 16.00: please contact if you would like to meet about a specific project that requires KTN support and we can arrange for a Knowledge Transfer manager to support you in detail and confidence.


To register for this event please click here.

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