Funding competition ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: business-led R&D

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million for R&D projects with the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastic Pact targets. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £7 million from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme in innovation projects.

These projects must have the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastics Pact targets in the long term, and address widely known problems related to plastic packaging for consumer products.

Your proposal must:

  • improve the sustainability of the plastic packaging supply chain
  • make a significant contribution towards delivering the targets of the UK Plastics Pact
  • utilise at-scale innovation in design, technology, processes, business models, supply chains or data for plastic packaging
  • embed a whole systems approach to plastic packaging sustainability, considering environmental, economic, and social factors

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.

Funding type


Project size

This competition will award grants from £200,000 to £4 million per project.

Who can apply

Your project

Your project must:

  • claim a grant between £200,000 and £4 million
  • start in early 2022
  • end by 31 March 2025
  • last between 12 and 36 months

If your project’s total eligible costs or duration falls outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to at least 10 working days before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve your request.

Lead organisation

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

For more information on company sizes, please refer to the company accounts guidance. This is a change from the EU definition unless you are applying under State aid.

Project team

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation, research organisation, or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

If a collaboration, the lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.

Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account and enter their own project costs into the Innovation Funding Service.

Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.


Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.

Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.

You can use subcontractors from overseas but must make the case in question 5 for why you could not use suppliers from the UK.

You must also provide a detailed rationale, evidence of the potential UK contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unable to work with you.

We expect all subcontractor costs to be justified and appropriate to the total eligible project costs. We will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.

Number of applications

A business can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in a further 2 applications.

If a business is not leading any application, it can collaborate in up to 3 applications.

An academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation, research organisation, or RTO can collaborate on any number of applications.

Previous applications

You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.

We will not award you funding if you have:

Subsidy control (and State aid where applicable)

This competition provides funding in line with the UK's obligations and commitments to Subsidy Control. Further information about the UK Subsidy Control requirements can be found within the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation agreement and the subsequent guidance from the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Innovate UK is unable to award organisations that are considered to be in financial difficulty. We will conduct financial viability and eligibility tests to confirm this is not the case following the application stage.

EU State aid rules now only apply in limited circumstances. Please see our general guidance to check if these rules apply to your organisation.

Further Information

If you are unsure about your obligations under the UK Subsidy Control regime or the State aid rules, you should take independent legal advice. We are unable to advise on individual eligibility or legal obligations.

You must make sure at all times that the funding awarded to you is compliant with all current Subsidy Control legislation applicable in the United Kingdom.

This aims to regulate any advantage granted by a public sector body which threatens to or actually distorts competition in the United Kingdom or any other country or countries.

If there are any changes to the above requirements that mean we need to change the terms of this competition, we will tell you as soon as possible.


We have allocated up to £7 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. The competition will award grants from £200,000 to £4 million per project.

If your organisation’s work on the project is mostly commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.

This competition awards funding up to the grant limit.

To ensure the granted limit is not exceeded by your application, you may need to reduce the amount you request to below the usual limits.

For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 50% if you are a large organisation

For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • up to 25% if you are a large organisation

For more information on company sizes, please refer to the company accounts guidance. This is a change from the EU definition unless you are applying under State aid.

If you are applying for an award funded under State aid Regulations, the definitions are set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.

The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.

Capital equipment costs

The purchase of capital equipment is not an eligible project cost for projects undertaking Industrial Research.

However, applications for Experimental Development projects undertaking a large-scale commercial demonstration of an idea can include the purchase of capital equipment costs as an eligible project cost.

The inclusion of capital equipment costs is optional, not a requirement. Applications that include capital costs will be assessed in the same way as those that do not.

You must include a breakdown of any capital equipment costs for your project, in your response to Question 11 of your application form.

Projects must be able to demonstrate that their innovative concept will lead to improved packaging recycling or re-use, compared to existing re-use and recycling concepts of the same capacity. These include types which may otherwise be constructed without the grant, should an existing competitive concept exist.

Applications can include capital usage as an eligible project cost for capital equipment that you already own or new equipment where you do not wish to claim capital purchase.

Your total grant funding for capital equipment costs must not exceed:

  • 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • 35% if you are a medium-sized organisation
  • 25% if you are a large organisation

Any capital equipment funded by the grant disposed of during the project term, must be reported to Innovate UK. Any revenue generated by the disposal will be offset against the project costs.

If you have questions about the eligibility of your capital costs, please contact Innovate UK Customer Support Service at least 10 days before the competition close. We may also contact applicants for further information related to your capital costs after your application has been submitted.

Your proposal

This competition will fund ambitious R&D projects with the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastic Pact targets and address widely known problems related to plastic packaging for consumer products.

Your project must primarily address one or more of the UK Plastics Pact targets.

The benefits of your new approach must be quantified in terms of the Pact targets and by comparison to the current system or dominant solutions.

Any environmental impacts must be described and justified.

We want to fund a portfolio of projects, addressing the four UK Plastics Pact targets, across a variety of technologies and markets.

This competition is funded by the ISCF Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Fund (SSPP), the Challenge Director reserves the right to make the final decision on whether a project will receive funding.

Specific themes

Text update 4 August 2021: we have added a further theme to make it clearer what themes are eligible.

Your project can focus on one or more of the following:

  • the minimising or reduction of plastic packaging
  • packaging suitable for reuse, refill and online delivery
  • sustainable solutions for film and flexibles
  • food grade recycled polypropylene and polyethylene
  • behaviour change leading to less packaging waste or higher recycling rates
  • solutions which address the UK Plastics Pact target for problematic or unnecessary single use plastic packaging items
  • recycling solutions for difficult to recycle Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging formats, for example, pots, tubs and trays

This list is not intended to be exhaustive; we are particularly interested in ambitious projects.

Research categories

We will fund industrial research projects and experimental development projects, as defined in the guidance on categories of research.

Projects we will not fund

We are not funding projects which:

  • are detrimental to the environment compared with existing solutions
  • encourage or facilitate the export of plastic packaging whilst still classified as waste
  • are primarily concerned with the production of any kind of fuel or direct energy generation from plastic waste
  • develop materials or packaging which will not have commercially available and viable UK recycling (or appropriate organic waste treatment) infrastructure in place by 2025
  • relate to the recycling of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polystyrene, including expanded polystyrene (EPS) and high impact polystyrene (HIPS)
  • do not focus on packaging for consumer products
  • are dependent on export performance – for example giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that they export a certain quantity of bread to another country
  • are dependent on domestic inputs usage - for example if we insisted that a baker use 50% UK flour in their product
18 May 2021
Competition opens
7 June 2021
Online briefing event: watch the recording
8 September 2021 11:00am
Competition closes
1 October 2021
Invite to interview
18 October 2021
Interviews start
22 October 2021
Interviews end
25 October 2021
Applicants notified

Before you start

You must read the guidance on applying for a competition on the Innovation Funding Service before you start.

What we ask you

The application is split into 3 sections:

  1. Project details.
  2. Application questions.
  3. Finances.


If your online application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview, where you must give a presentation and answer questions related to your application. Your interview will take place either online or at a designated location.

At least two weeks before the interview date you will be sent an invitation to interview detailing:

  • the time and date of your interview
  • questions specific to your application for response at interview
  • a reminder of the deadline for submitting your attendee list

Interviews will be in person or on Zoom and last 45 minutes. This time will be divided into 15 minute blocks for each of the following:

  • your 15 minute presentation
  • 15 minutes to answer the pre-supplied questions
  • and a final 15 minutes of open questions and answers with the panel

List of attendees

Agree the list with your consortium.

Up to 9 people from your project can attend.

They must all be available on the published interview date. We are unable to reschedule slots once allocated.

Presentation slides

Your interview presentation must:

  • use Microsoft PowerPoint
  • be no longer than 15 minutes
  • not include any video or embedded web links

Feedback questions

You will be provided with questions specific to your application. You will need to prepare your responses ahead of your interview.


After your presentation, the panel will spend up to 15 minutes asking for your responses to the pre-supplied questions.

You will then have up to a further 15 minute question and answer session. You will be expected to answer based on the information you provided in your application form, presentation and the feedback questions.

Panel members

The Challenge Director and Deputy Challenge Director for SSPP will form part of the interview panel.

1. Project details

This section provides background for the assessors and is not scored.

Application team

Decide which organisations will work with you on the project. Invite people from those organisations to help complete the application.

Application details

The lead applicant must complete this section. Give your project’s title, start date and duration.

Research category

Select the type of research you will undertake.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We collect and report on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) data to address under-representation in business innovation and ensure equality, diversity and inclusion across all our activities.

You must complete this EDI survey and then select yes in the application question. The survey will ask you questions on your gender, age, ethnicity and disability status. You will always have the option to ‘prefer not to say’ if you do not feel comfortable sharing this information.

Project summary

Describe your project briefly and be clear about what makes it innovative. We use this section to assign experts to assess your application.

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

Public description

Describe your project in detail, and in a way that you are happy to see published. Do not include any commercially sensitive information. If we award your project funding, we will publish this description. This could happen before you start your project.

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.


Describe how your project fits the scope of the competition. If your project is not in scope it will be immediately rejected and will not be sent for assessment. We will give you feedback on why.

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

2. Application questions

The assessors will score your answers to questions 1 to 11. Questions 12 and 13 are not scored. You will receive feedback from them for each scored question.

Do not include any website addresses (URLs) in your answers.

Question 1. Project motivation and objectives

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

What is the business need, technological challenge and/or market opportunity behind your innovation?

Describe or explain:

  • the motivation and aims for the project
  • the societal and business need, technological challenge or market opportunity
  • the nearest current state-of-the-art, including those near market or in development, and its limitations
  • any work you have already done to respond to this need, for example if the project is focused on developing an existing capability or building a new one
  • any wider economic, social, cultural or political challenges and opportunities you are aware of, or wish to explore further through this project, such as incoming regulations, using our Horizons tool if appropriate

Question 2. Your idea

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

How will the project achieve its aims and where will the focus of the innovation be?

Describe or explain:

  • how you will respond to the need, challenge or opportunity identified
  • how you will improve on the nearest current state-of-the-art identified
  • whether the innovation will focus on the application of existing products, services or technologies in new areas, the development of new products, services or technologies for existing areas or a totally disruptive approach
  • the freedom you have to operate
  • how this project fits with your current product, service lines or offerings
  • the nature of the outputs you expect from the project (for example report, know-how, new process, product or service design) and how these will help you to target the need, challenge or opportunity identified

If there is a research organisation in the project team, describe:

  • how you expect to use the results generated from the project in further research activities

You can submit a single appendix to support your answer. It can include charts and diagrams. It must be a PDF, up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 3. System change and UK Plastics Pact targets

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

Explain how this project delivers a more circular plastic packaging system and supports delivery of the UK Plastics Pact targets relative to the current state of the art.

Describe or explain:

  • the elements of the supply chain to be considered
  • the ways your project would deliver a more circular and sustainable plastic packaging system, for example a change in consumer behaviour, an increase in recycling rate or reduction in the use of virgin plastic
  • how this project would contribute to delivering against one or more of the 4 targets adopted by the UK Plastics Pact if it is delivered at scale

Question 4. Environmental impacts

Your answer can be up to 600 words long.

Explain how your project will change the environmental impact (positively or negatively) on the plastic packaging system.

Describe the carbon impact (in terms of carbon dioxide emissions or equivalents) of your project:

  • versus existing solutions, considering both direct and indirect impact across the entire system, including logistics
  • within the UK and the rest of the world

Describe how you will prevent the release of plastic packaging into the environment, explaining what controls you will put in place to stop or reduce:

  • releases from production processes and management of by-products
  • waste releases from retail and other business activities
  • post-consumption kerbside, on-the-go and dedicated waste collection systems
  • the process releases and waste from plastics recycling, recovery and transformation
  • littering
  • entry into sewerage systems and watercourses

Describe the likely consequences of exposure to any plastics or their constituents your project could release to the environment, on humans and other species, such as fish, marine mammals, insects, and birds.

Compare these consequences to those of available dominant solutions.

Consider any additives and other chemicals (such as glues or inks) or materials that constitute the finished product, as well as process wastes.

Explain what evidence you have of any other environmental impacts your project will have, if there is a release of the proposed plastic type to the environment. Explain any trade-offs in terms of environmental benefits and impacts.

If your material is of biological origin describe the impact on land use (for example, displacement of food crops).

You can submit a lifecycle assessment (LCA) or carbon footprint model, clearly stating all assumptions you have made, as an appendix. Present your interpretation of LCA and carbon footprint outputs in a way that lets the assessors see the data supporting the stated conclusions.

It must be a single PDF appendix, no larger than 10MB and up to 4 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 5. Team and resources

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

Who is in the project team and what are their roles?

Describe or explain:

  • the roles, skills and relevant experience of the project team
  • the specific experience, expertise and capabilities of the team
  • any resources, equipment and facilities required for the project and how you will access them
  • any important external parties, including subcontractors, who you will need to work with to execute the project successfully
  • any gaps in the team that will need to be filled

You can submit one appendix. This can include a short summary of the main people working on the project to support your answer. It must be a PDF and can be up to 4 A4 pages long. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 6. Market awareness

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

What does the market you are targeting look like?

Describe or explain:

  • the markets (domestic, international or both) you will be targeting in the project and any other potential markets
  • the size of the target markets for the project outcomes, backed up by references where available
  • the impact COVID-19 has had on businesses or sectors that are a focus of your project
  • the structure and dynamics of the target markets, including customer segmentation, together with predicted growth rates within clear timeframes
  • the target markets’ main supply or value chains and business models, and any barriers to entry that exist
  • the current UK position in targeting these markets
  • as part of the potential and case for UK economic benefits include any specifically local economic benefits

If your project is highly innovative, where the market may be unexplored, describe or explain:

  • what the market’s size might to be
  • how your project will try to explore the market’s potential

Question 7. Outcomes

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

Explain how you are going to grow your business and increase your productivity into the long term as a result of the project.

Describe or explain:

  • your current position in the markets and supply or value chains outlined, and whether you will be extending or establishing your market position
  • your target customers or end users, and the value to them, for example why they would use or buy your product
  • your route to market
  • how you are going to profit from the innovation, including increased revenues or cost reduction
  • how the innovation will affect your productivity and growth, in both the short and the long term
  • how you will protect and exploit the outputs of the project, for example through know-how, patenting, designs or changes to your business model
  • your strategy for targeting the other markets you have identified during or after the project

Question 8. Project management

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

How will you manage the project to achieve the aims you have set out? You must outline a concise, step-by-step project plan, broken down into individual phases of work. Describe your plans to ensure best practice is delivered.

For each phase, describe or explain:

  • the main work packages of the project, indicating the lead partner assigned to each and the total cost of each one
  • your approach to project management, identifying any major tools and mechanisms you will use to get a successful and innovative project outcome
  • the management reporting lines
  • how those outputs will help towards fulfilling the overall project objectives
  • your project plan in enough detail to identify any links or dependencies between work packages or milestones

You must submit a project plan or Gantt chart as an appendix. It must be a PDF, can be up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 9. Risks

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

What are the main risks for this project?

Describe or explain:

  • the main risks and uncertainties of the project, including the technical, regulatory, commercial, managerial and environmental risks.
  • how you will mitigate these risks
  • any project inputs that are critical to completion, such as resources, expertise or data sets
  • the steps you will take to make sure that new discoveries and ideas will be recognised, supported and have lasting impact within your business

You must submit a risk register as a single appendix to support your answer. It must be a PDF, can be up to 2 A4 pages long and no larger than 10MB. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

Question 10. Added value

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

What impact would an injection of public funding have on the businesses involved?

Describe or explain:

  • if you have already received UKRI or Innovate UK funding for previous work
  • if this project could go ahead in any form without public funding and if so, the difference the public funding would make, such as a faster route to market, more partners or reduced risk
  • the likely impact of the project on the businesses of the partners involved
  • why you are not able to wholly fund the project from your own resources or other forms of private-sector funding, and what would happen if the application is unsuccessful
  • how this project would change the nature of R&D activity the partners would undertake, and the related spend

What impact might this project have outside the project team?

Describe, and where possible, measure:

  • the economic benefits from the project to external parties, including customers, others in the supply chain, broader industry and the UK economy, specifically related to productivity, quality and performance improvements of the UK plastic packaging sector
  • productivity increases and import substitution
  • any expected impact on government or regional priorities or regulation

Question 11. Costs and value for money

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

How much will the project cost and how does it represent value for money for the team and the taxpayer?

Describe or explain:

  • the total eligible project costs and the grant you are requesting in terms of the project goals
  • how each partner will finance their contributions to the project
  • how this project represents value for money for you and the taxpayer
  • how it compares to what you would spend your money on otherwise
  • the balance of costs and grant across the project partners
  • any subcontractor costs, the procurement process you used and why they are critical to the project

Please state the requested grant amount and whether you consider your project to be categorised as industrial research or experimental development, with a short reasoning.

If your project is experimental development and you wish to claim for capital equipment costs, you must complete the attached excel spreadsheet, as well as adding the cost directly into IFS in the ‘Finances’ section. The spreadsheet provides us with the detail of your proposed capital costs. Download the excel spreadsheet finance template provided and complete it. Once completed upload in Excel format. The font must be legible at 100% zoom.

You must include the total of your capital costs from the spreadsheet under "Other costs" in your ‘Finances’ section on IFS. They must be included on one line and labelled "Capital purchases".

Question 12. Project partners location (not scored)

Your answer can be up to 400 words long.

Where are the organisations within your project team registered?

What should you include?

Please name each organisation along with its full registered address. If you are working with an academic institution this does not need to be included.

Question 13 Awareness of funding opportunity (not scored)

Your answer can be up to 100 words long.

How did you become aware of this funding opportunity?

For example, LinkedIn, word of mouth or UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN) website

3. Finances

Each organisation in your project must complete their own project costs, organisation details and funding details in the application. Academic institutions must complete and upload a Je-S form.

For full details on what costs you can claim see our project costs guidance.

Background and further information

The Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge

The SSPP Challenge aims to establish the UK as a leading innovator in smart and sustainable plastic packaging for consumer products. Its goals are to deliver cleaner growth across the supply chain, with a dramatic reduction in plastic waste entering the environment by 2025.

A systems perspective

A ‘system’ in the context of the SSPP Challenge is a set of supply chain activities or components that interact with at least one other. They combine to serve the common objective of the challenge.

A ‘systems perspective’ means considering the functions of a system's parts based on their relations with one another and within the system's larger context. It would typically address the following components along the supply chain:

  1. The selection methods supporting a new packaging material, including how it incorporates a lifecycle approach and uses the minimum material necessary to maintain functionality.
  2. Whether a new packaging material meets the requirements of EN 13428 or ISO 18602 and other relevant standards on heavy metals and dangerous substances, including for contact with food substances.
  3. The impact of your project on the consumer, the change in consumer behaviour needed to deliver the project benefits, and how this will be achieved, for example through labelling.
  4. Whether the packaging can be captured in existing post-consumption collection systems in a form suitable for reuse or recycling.
  5. How the material will be differentiated or separated in a post-collection recycling or conversion processes
  6. Whether there is an off take market for recycled material.

Depending on the focus of your project, only some of these items might be relevant. You might also identify other components or activities inside and outside the plastic packaging supply chain, such as an external energy source that supplies power into a manufacturing or treatment process.

An example of a systems perspective would be a project delivering systems change with a reduction in plastic waste entering the environment relative to the current state-of-the-art.

This can be achieved adding value at each stage, for example:

  • eliciting a change in consumer behaviour with smart labelling
  • a change in kerbside collection capture rates of the packaging under consideration
  • a change in recycling and recovery rates
  • a change in uptake as a recycled product
  • a measured reduction in material released to the environment

A lifecycle approach

All plastic packaging materials have a lifecycle. They are produced from raw materials or from recycled materials, transported to the shops, bought and used by consumers, and eventually discarded. At that point they are either captured and recycled, captured and disposed of in a controlled manner, or are released into the environment through littering and other behaviours.

At each phase in its lifecycle, packaging potentially affects the environment, economic and social systems.

A ‘lifecycle approach’ considers the environmental impact of each component or activity of the project and integrates these to create an assessment of the environmental impact of the whole project. A lifecycle approach avoids shifting a problem from one lifecycle stage to another, from one geographic area to another and from one environmental medium to another.

Environmental impacts

Positive or negative environmental impacts affect emissions to air, water and/or land, resulting in human and biotic exposure. There may be trade-offs in terms of environmental benefits and impacts.

The first consideration in reducing environmental impact is preventing emissions of by-products, waste and litter to the environment.

The second consideration in reducing environmental impact is the carbon footprint in terms of emissions of greenhouse gases.

The third consideration of environmental impact is the likely consequences of exposure of humans and species in the natural environment (such as fish, marine mammals and birds) to plastics your project will release (post-controls) compared to the system it is intended to replace or improve.

There may be other environmental impacts, such as:

  • persistence in soil, freshwater and marine environments
  • degradation and/or biodegradation in soil, freshwater and marine environments and the impact of consequential breakdown products

Contact us

If you need more information about how to apply email or call 0300 321 4357.

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We can provide help for applicants who face barriers when making an application. This might be as a result of a disability, neurodiversity or anything else that makes it difficult to use our services. We can also give help and make other reasonable adjustments for you if your application is successful.

If you think you need more support, it is important that you contact our Customer Support Service as early as possible during your application process. You should aim to contact us no later than 10 working days before the competition closing date.

Help preparing your application

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) can also advise on putting an application together. SSPP recommends that applicants discuss their proposal with the KTN and well in advance of the closing date.

Finding a project partner

If you want help to find a project partner, contact the Knowledge Transfer Network.

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These specialists focus on growing innovative businesses and ensuring that projects contribute to their growth. Working one-to-one, they can help you to identify your best strategy and harness world-class resources to grow and achieve scale.

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