Crushed plastic bottles forming a triangleInnovate UK will invest £7 million in sustainable plastic packaging solutions in order to deliver the 2025 UK Plastics Pact targets. This funding is from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme, which is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.


Funding is available to address widely known problems related to plastic packaging for consumer products. Therefore, all projects should improve the sustainability of the plastic packaging supply chain and contribute towards delivering the targets of the UK Plastics Pact.

Projects can focus on one or more of the following themes:

  • The minimising or reduction of plastic packaging
  • Packaging suitable for reuse, refill and online delivery
  • Sustainable solutions for film and flexibles
  • 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

However, this is not an exhaustive list and Innovate UK will also consider other innovative projects.


To lead a project or work alone, your organisation must be a UK registered business. You can collaborate with other organisations, including businesses, academic institutions, charities, and research organisations. In addition, you should conduct all project work in the UK and intend to exploit your results from or in the UK.

All projects must:

  • Claim a grant between £200,000 and £4 million
  • Start in early 2022 and end by 32 March 2025
  • Last between 12 and 36 months

The Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging competition is open from 18th May until 8th September. For more information or to submit an application, click here. If you’re looking for bid writing support, please contact us to arrange a free consultation.

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