£20m Plastics and Research Innovation Fund announced

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The fund will support the polymer, packaging, retail and waste sectors as well as local government responsible for waste collection

Science minister Sam Gyimah has announced a new £20 million aimed at changing the UK’s plastics manufacturing and consumption patterns.

The Plastics and Research Innovation Fund (PRIF) will engage Britain’s best scientists and innovators to help move the country towards a more circular and sustainable approach to plastics.

It will support the polymer, packaging, retail and waste sectors as well as local government responsible for waste collection.

The fund will be split into three parts:

  • Leadership and Knowledge Exchange: UK circular plastics network funding of £2 million
  • Research: Plastics creativity funding of £8 million
  • Business led research and development: Plastics innovation funding of £10 million

Fund managers UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will work with WRAP to network and connect the fund to initiatives across business, government and the research and innovation community.

Professor Sir Mark Walport, UKRI chief executive, said: “Although plastics have transformed the way we live and play an important role in many aspects of modern life, we are increasingly aware of the devastating damage plastic waste can inflict on the environment and people’s health.

“This fund will help to create the range of new approaches and alternatives needed to rapidly reverse the impact that our use of plastics is having on the planet.”

For further information, contact the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council press office on 01793 444 404 or email pressoffice@epsrc.ac.uk


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