ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging

Fund Name: ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: business-led R&D
Project Length: 12-36 months
Project Value: Up to £4m
Deadline: 08/09/2021


This competition will fund ambitious R&D projects with the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastic Pact targets and address widely known problems related to plastic packaging for consumer products. Your project must primarily address one or more of the UK Plastics Pact targets. The benefits of your new approach must be quantified in terms of the Pact targets and by comparison to the current system or dominant solutions. Any environmental impacts must be described and justified.

Fund Details

Your proposal must:

  • Improve the sustainability of the plastic packaging supply chain
  • Make a significant contribution towards delivering the targets of the UK Plastics Pact
  • Utilise at-scale innovation in design, technology, processes, business models, supply chains or data for plastic packaging
  • Embed a whole systems approach to plastic packaging sustainability, considering environmental, economic, and social factors

Your project can focus on one or more of the following:

  • The minimising or reduction of plastic packaging
  • Packaging suitable for reuse, refill and online delivery
  • Sustainable solutions for film and flexible
  • Food grade recycled polypropylene and polyethylene
  • Behaviour change leading to less packaging waste or higher recycling rates
  • Solutions that address the UK Plastics Pact target for problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging items
    This list is not intended to be exhaustive; the funder is particularly interested in ambitious projects.

The funder wishes to fund a portfolio of projects, addressing the four UK Plastics Pact targets, across a variety of technologies and markets. They have allocated up to £7 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. The competition will award grants from £200,000 to £4 million per project.


Your project must:

  • Claim a grant between £200,000 and £4 million
  • Start in early 2022
  • End by 31 March 2025
  • Last between 12 and 36 months

Projects will not be funded which:

  • Are detrimental to the environment compared with existing solutions
  • Encourage or facilitate the export of plastic packaging whilst still classified as waste
  • Are primarily concerned with the production of any kind of fuel or direct energy generation from plastic waste
  • Develop materials or packaging which will not have commercially available and viable UK recycling (or appropriate organic waste treatment) infrastructure in place by 2025
  • Relate to the recycling of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polystyrene, including expanded polystyrene (EPS) and high impact polystyrene (HIPS)
  • Do not focus on packaging for consumer products
  • Are dependent on export performance – for example giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that they export a certain quantity of bread to another country
  • Are dependent on domestic inputs usage – for example if we insisted that a baker use 50% UK flour in their product
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