Up to £8 million is available for institutional awards for up to 18 months to research organisations to bridge the gaps between UK Research and Innovation research disciplines and respond creatively to the challenge of creating new circular economy approaches to eliminating future plastic waste. 

The programme should focus on novel ideas and solutions that include consideration of sustainable feedstocks and materials, manufacturing and recycling processes, consumer behaviour and systems (for example legal, fiscal and policy systems) set within a context of environmental and health benefits.

This competition is being run on behalf of all UK Research and Innovation research councils by EPSRC. UK Research and Innovation welcomes applications that includes the remits of any of the UKRI research councils.

These awards are intended to build on significant relevant research expertise and enabled it to be directed towards addressing the challenge of reducing or eliminating future plastic waste. Therefore there is a requirement for demonstration of an active, current portfolio of relevant research.

This activity is intended to very rapidly catalyse new ideas across the research landscape.

How to apply

An expression of interest must be submitted before 16:00 on 10 July 2018.

The expression of interest will be assessed by UK Research and Innovation staff on remit to the call, eligibility of the institution based on relevance and size of active portfolio and the ability and readiness to spend funds.

The closing date for full proposals is 16:00 on 16 August 2018.

Please ensure that you read the call documents thoroughly as there are specific requirements that must be met.