ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: feasibility studies and industrial research

Fund Name: ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: feasibility studies and industrial research
Project Length: Up to 12 months
Project Value: £30k-£100k
Deadline: 01/04/2020

Summary

The aim of this competition is to support innovation to deliver a more circular economy for plastic packaging in order to deliver on the following SSPP Challenge objectives:

  • Unlock a significant overall increase in research and innovation (R&I) spend (government and industry).
  • Deliver R&I to support more sustainable plastic packaging in line with the UK Plastics Pact targets.
  • Increase UK plastic packaging supply chain collaboration
Fund details

You must explain how you are innovating to contribute to the UK meeting one or more of the UK Plastics Pact targets:

  • 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable.
  • 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted.
  • 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.
  • Take actions to eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging items through redesign, innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery models.

Your proposal must take a systems perspective, use a lifecycle approach and consider the environmental impacts. Read the supporting information to understand the definitions we are using of these terms.

The methodology and models applied to the project should be validated and endorsed by a national and/or international agency, such as the Environment Agency in the UK or the European Environment Agency in Europe.

Projects must start by August 2020 and end by September 2021. They can last up to 12 months.

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £30,000 and £100,000.

Specific themes

Your proposal must focus on plastic packaging as the primary application but also include one or more of the following 4 innovation themes.

Materials innovation, for example:

  • new, recyclable polymer materials
  • biopolymers
  • improving ‘compatibilisation’ (making it easier to use more recycled content) alternatives to plastics for current packaging applications (for example, mycelium materials to replace expanded polystyrene) where plastic is the only current option

Design innovation, for example:

  • design for recyclability
  • design for reuse
  • making food delivery and other delivery packaging more recyclable
  • marking and identification technologies to make sorting easier

Technology and process innovation, for example:

  • reuse processes (for example cleaning)
  • collection
  • sorting and separation
  • mechanical recycling
  • chemical recycling
  • anaerobic digestion (AD) or composting of compostable packaging

Business model innovation, for example:

  • reusable packaging systems, for example refill
  • zero packaging business models and systems
  • consumer or business behavioural change
Eligibility

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

  • be a registered UK business of any size
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
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