Grants up to £80,000 for UK organisations to reduce the damage plastics have on the environment (application deadline 16 September 2020)

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £800,000 to fund early-stage, human-centred design projects to reduce the harm that plastics have on the environment and to therefore increase productivity and growth of the UK economy. This funding is from the Plastic Research and Innovation Fund. Applications must be received by Wednesday 16 September 2020.

The aim of this competition is to help businesses to create designs for innovative goods, services or business models that will result in less persistent plastic waste entering environment. This should be achieved by them obtaining a better understanding of relevant customer and user behaviours.

This competition aims to stimulate innovation in design to reduce persistent plastic waste from landfill or entering the environment.

Projects should follow established human-centred research and design principles. It could involve working with new or existing partners, in new ways, and it must involve hands-on customer/user research as a means of informing and testing novel ideas. These ideas could include the radical re-design of existing goods, services or business models, or the design of entirely new ones which serve an existing need in a way that doesn’t rely on single-use plastic.

Each project’s total eligible costs must be between £20,000 and £80,000.

Projects must:

o Have total eligible costs between £20,000 and £80,000.
o Start by 1 January 2021 and end by 30 June 2021, and
o Last between 3 and 6 months

To lead a project or work alone organisations must:

o Be a UK registered business of any size.
o Carry out its project work in the UK.
o Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK, and
o Claim funding by entering their costs into the Innovation Funding Service (IFS) during the application. 

Please note that academic institutions cannot lead or work alone. Businesses can work alone or in collaboration with project partners.

To collaborate with the lead applicant, your organisation must:

o Be a UK registered business/academic institution/charity/not-for-profit/public sector organisation/research and technology organisation (RTO),
o Carry out its project work in the UK.
o Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK, and
o Be invited by the lead organisation.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 16 September 2020.

For more information, visit the Innovate UK website.