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An invitation to research institutions to respond creatively to the challenge of creating new circular economy approaches to eliminating future plastic waste.

This competition is being run on behalf of all UK Research and Innovation Research Councils by the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC). 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. 


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.

It is desirable that proposals bridge the gaps between UK Research and Innovation research disciplines.


UK Research and Innovation welcome applications that includes the remits of any of the UKRI Research Councils, and is not limited to the Engineering and Physical Sciences communities. This activity is intended to very rapidly catalyse new ideas across the research landscape. Therefore there is a requirement for demonstration of an active, current portfolio of relevant research.

Level of Funding

Up to £8million in total is available for institutional awards for up to 18 months

University Internal Selection Process:

The University can only be named on one bid to this call. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls policy. To take part in the University internal selection process, all applicants (both interested in leading or contributing to a proposal) are required to register their interest to by 27th June 2018. 

If you are interested in leading an institutional bid, please, send 1-2 paragraphs in the body of the email outlining:

  • Name and Department
  • Likely focus of the bid you propose to lead and what it would include
  • ​Your research interests and expertise

If you are interesting in contributing  to an institutional bid, please include:

  • Name and Department
  • ​Your research interests and what you could contribute to the bid 


For further details on the award and the application process please see the ESPRC website.



Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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