£16 million funding for large-scale plastic packaging projects

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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has opened a new £16 million funding competition, Demonstrator Projects Round 2

Part of the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) challenge, the competition will fund large-scale commercial demonstration projects that include first-of-a-kind infrastructure and trials of new packaging concepts and technologies.

Demonstrator Projects Round 2 is the latest stage of the SSPP challenge’s aim to develop a more sustainable plastic packaging supply chain, drive research into new materials and processes, and encourage collaboration to help reduce the environmental impacts of plastic packaging.

Reducing environmental impact
All projects must:

  • support the UK to deliver one or more of the UK Plastic Pact targets
  • clearly explain how they would reduce the UK plastic packaging system's overall environmental impact

The projects must also focus on one or more of the following sustainable plastic packaging themes:

  • materials
  • product design
  • manufacturing technology and process
  • business model, supply chain and value chain design
  • value chain and end-user behaviour change

In addition, several key themes have been identified for potential projects:

  • reuse and refill approaches
  • solutions for film and flexibles
  • creation of infrastructure for food grade recycled polypropylene (rPP)
  • behavioural change projects encouraging:
    • propensity to use refills
    • reduction in the use of plastic packaging
    • recycling more from home and on the go

Entries for the initial expression of interest stage are open for collaborations only, with full submissions by invitation only to take place in May 2021.

Potential applicants can find out more about SSPP and any remaining competitions on UK Circular Plastics Network.

Competition closes on Wednesday 24 March 2021.

Find out more and apply now.


First published 22 February 2021