Funding Calls

Call for proposals for Enabling Research in Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) invites proposals for projects to establish academic‑led research that addresses widely understood problems in relation to plastic packaging.

The SSPP Challenge seeks to deliver sustainable environmental, societal and/or economic benefits. UKRI intends to support a breadth of research which responds to current knowledge gaps and will unlock opportunities to transform the plastic packaging system. Indicative research themes have been identified to develop a balanced programme of research activity across the plastic packaging supply chain:

  • behavioural insights (consumer and business),
  • supply chain, and business and economic models,
  • new plastic packaging designs,
  • new recyclable materials,
  • recycling technologies and processes, and,
  • environmental impacts of existing and new plastics.

Other research themes may be proposed, that are in scope and that will enhance the integration of and collaboration across the plastic packaging supply chain. Projects supported by this call should be innovative, with potential to deliver more environmentally, socially and/or economically sustainable approaches to plastic packaging design, manufacture, use, and end-of-life recovery of value, bringing together research expertise within and across disciplines, and co-created with industry, where appropriate.