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Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Demonstrators - EoI

Manufacturing & Materials
Project Size:
£1,000,000 - £12,000,000


The aim of this competition is to address widely known problems in relation to plastic packaging for consumer products. Your proposal must include significant industry investment.


This is stage 1 of a 2-stage competition. The stages are:

  • Expression of interest (this stage): evaluated by the SSPP team and independent assessment by Innovate UK. There is no funding in this stage.
  • Full stage application. This will be by invitation only to applicants who are successful in the EoI stage through the Innovation Funding Service and will include independent assessment by Innovate UK, with an independent Environmental Impact Assessment and, if relevant, an Engineering Assessment.


Innovate UK expects to invest in up to 3 practical demonstrators at the full stage competition.



Your project must:

  • request a minimum grant of £1 million
  • request a maximum grant of £12 million
  • start by 1 February 2022
  • end by 31 January 2025
  • last between 12 and 36 months


To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with other UK registered business, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation or RTO
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK


When a business leads on an application it can collaborate in a further 2 applications.


If a business is not leading any application, it can collaborate in up to 3 applications


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

  • humans
  • wildlife and
  • the broader environment


Your project must demonstrate an idea at commercial scale which:

  • improves the sustainability of the plastic packaging supply chain
  • helps deliver the targets of the UK Plastics Pact
  • utilises innovation in design, technology, processes, business models, supply chains or data for plastic packaging
  • embeds a whole-systems approach to plastic packaging sustainability, considering environmental, economic, and social factors


You must quantify the benefits of the new approach compared to the system your project intends to replace or improve.


Innovate UK are particularly interested in projects which address the UK Plastic Pact targets by demonstrating at scale:

  • minimised or reduced plastic packaging
  • refillable packaging and systems
  • sustainable solutions for film and flexibles
  • food grade recycled polypropylene and polyethylene
  • behaviour change leading to less packaging waste or higher recycling rates
  • solutions for problematic or unnecessary single use plastic packaging items


Funding is for experimental development (demonstrator) projects only.

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