The competition is looking to fund bold research and development projects that are well developed, but not yet at large commercial demonstration scale and that focus on solving the well-known issues with the sustainability of plastic packaging.
The aim is to drive a true shift from a linear to a circular economy solution for plastic packaging.
Businesses working on innovative ideas for plastic packaging reduction, re-use, refill and behaviour change are encouraged to apply for funding.
Paul Davidson, Challenge Director for the SSPP challenge, said: “The Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging programme is dedicated to supporting innovative projects that will have real-world benefits in reducing plastic waste in the environment. We’ve already seen some exciting projects as a result of our programme.
“We are now looking for more projects that can make a big impact on the 2025 UK Plastics Pact targets and that focus on much-needed solutions for packaging reduction, re-use, refill and changing consumer behaviour when it comes to plastic packaging use.”
The SSPP aims to establish the UK as a leading innovator in smart and sustainable plastic packaging for consumer products, with £60 million in funding from ISCF which will be complemented by £149 million from industry.
The maximum grant available will be £4 million, subject to the competition’s rules and additional details on funding availability and associated conditions for the competition are available on the Innovate UK Funding Services platform.
The competition closes on 8 September 2021.
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