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Funding competition ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: demonstrator projects, round 1


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. They 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


They welcome projects across 1 or more of 4 areas:

  1. Materials.
  2. Design.
  3. Technology or process.
  4. Business model or behaviour change.


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

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

For further information on eligibility, scope, dates, how to apply or supporting information please click here.