Tackling the plastics problem
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is in the unique position of sponsoring a broad range of research and innovation that can contribute to solving the plastic waste problem.
Plastics Research and Innovation Fund
The £20 million Plastics Research and Innovation Fund (PRIF) aims to explore new ideas and innovations that can bring changes in the UK’s plastics manufacturing and consumption patterns.
PRIF engages Britain’s best scientists and innovators to help move the country towards more circular economic and sustainable approaches to plastics.
It is managed by UKRI and delivered via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK, and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). .
The fund has three parts which involve:
- Leadership and Knowledge Exchange: UK Circular Plastics Network funding ~ £2 million
- Research: Plastics ‘Creativity’ funding ~ £8 million
- Business led research and development: Plastics ‘Innovation’ funding ~ £10 million
The fund seeks to deliver strategic networking and research that will coordinate existing knowledge across the UK; catalysing new ideas and rapid solutions across the research and innovation landscape. It will support the polymer, packaging, retail and waste sectors as well as local government responsible for waste collection.
Plastics innovation: towards zero waste
UKRI and Policy Connect are collaborating on Zero Plastic Waste, an event series to examine how to achieve the vision of Zero Plastic Waste and make the UK a global leader on the issue.
Explore the infographic below to find out how UKRI is helping the UK work towards a zero plastic waste solution.
You can learn more about these events in our video: Research and innovation for zero plastic waste.
Creative Circular Economy Approaches to Eliminate Plastics Waste
iPac: Developing new types of plastic packaging
iPac is developing biodegradable food packaging solutions to compete with current PET products.
Ichthion: tackling marine plastic
Ichthion is developing innovative engineering to prevent plastic waste from reaching waterways and to remove it when it does.