ISCF Future Plastic Packaging Solutions

Fund Name: ISCF Future Plastic Packaging Solutions
Project Length: Up to 18 months
Project Value: £50,000 to £150,000
Deadline: 20/01/2021


The aim of this competition is to support feasibility studies and industrial research that addresses widely known problems in relation to plastic packaging for consumer products.

Fund details

You must explain how you are innovating to address one or more of the UK Plastics Pact targets. The benefits of the new approach must be quantified in terms of the Pact targets where possible. Any environmental impacts must be described and justified.

ISCF aim to fund projects with either direct or indirect commercial outcomes for the partners.

Projects must deliver one or more of the following:

  • a more circular plastic packaging value chain, with reduced environmental impacts, such as carbon emissions and improved recyclability
  • improved understanding of effective communication techniques to increase recycling rates and uptake of re-use/refill business models
  • more consistent data and increased knowledge relevant to the supply chain

Projects can include either:

  • the re-design of existing goods, services or business models
  • design of entirely new goods, services or business models to serve an existing need
    You must quantify the benefits of the new approach compared to the system your project intends to replace or improve.

Your project must demonstrate a holistic approach, including the likely environmental impacts to:

  • humans
  • wildlife and
  • the broader environment

Your proposal must focus on addressing known problems in relation to plastic packaging as the primary application.

Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:

  • packaging suitable for reuse, refill and online delivery
  • marking and tracking of packaging to improve supply chain circularity or sustainability
  • films and flexibles in packaging applications
  • low carbon, non fossil polymers for packaging applications
  • business models leading to reduced waste plastic going to landfill
  • behaviour change leading to less packaging waste or higher recycling rates
  • food grade plastic packaging in the UK marketplace
  • diverting small format and medical packaging from incineration

The competition will award grants ranging from £50,000 to £150,000 per project. The maximum grant to be shared between partners in a collaborative project is £150,000.



  • must start by 1 June 2021
  • must end by 30 November 2022
  • can last up to 18 months

To lead a project or work alone your organisation:

  • must be a UK registered business of any size, charity, non-government body or not-for-profit
  • must carry out its project work in the UK
  • must intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • can collaborate with UK registered businesses, charities, non-government body, not-for-profit or UK-
  • based academic institutions, research organisations, research and technology organisations (RTOs)
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