Ecosurety: The Ecosurety Exploration Fund

Environmental Tuesday March 10th, 2020

Over three years the Ecosurety Exploration Fund will invest £1million in projects that can reduce the environmental impact of packaging, batteries or WEEE through innovation or research in the UK.

Ecosurety are looking to support limited companies, charities, academic bodies and institutions, community interest companies, public sector organisations and social enterprises with a grant of up to £150,000 that will go on to make a bigger impact beyond the initially funded project – especially those that may ordinarily struggle to get off the ground.

Project and ideas could reduce the environmental impact across any part of the life cycle – from design, production, use or collection through to reduction, reuse or recycling.

Innovation could include an innovative awareness campaign, technology, initiative, process, trial or material, for example.

Research could include academic or industry research into improving existing systems, processes, infrastructure, technology, consumer behaviour or material use, for example.

Common problems to solve for packaging could include, but are not limited to:

  • increasing collection rates and/or reducing contamination rates of waste packaging;
  • improving on-the-go recycling; or
  • providing innovative solutions for unrecyclable materials.

Common problems to solve for e-waste could include, but are not limited to:

  • identifying and effectively treating WEEE containing Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs);
  • improving collection rates of household WEEE; or
  • reducing consumer confusion over WEEE recycling.

Common problems to solve for batteries could include, but are not limited to:

  • increasing collection rates of household waste batteries;
  • improving consumer awareness of battery recycling; or
  • improving UK recycling of waste batteries.

It is essential that applicants are able to measure and report on the impact of their project. It is appreciated that innovation and research do not always result in a 100% success rate, but it is important that this is transparently reported on both during and after the project.

Deadline: Tuesday 10 March 2020, 11.59pm

For more information and how to apply please click here.

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