New Plastics Research and Innovation Fund Announced (UK)

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

The Fund will be managed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and delivered via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK, and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The fund will have three parts:

  • £2 million available for a UK Circular Plastics Network – a Leadership and Knowledge Exchange
  • £8 million Plastics ‘Creativity’ funding for Research
  • £10 million Plastics ‘Innovation’ funding for Business led research and development

UKRI will work together with the sustainability experts WRAP to network and connect this fund with initiatives across business, government and the research and innovation community, to encourage knowledge exchange, and to identify future research and innovation priorities to enable the move to a circular plastics economy.

The fund will seek 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.

For further information please contact the EPSRC Press Office on 01793 444 404 or email

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