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The Ecosurety Exploration Fund

We are investing £1million in projects that aim to reduce the environmental impact of packaging, batteries or WEEE through innovation or research in the UK. This page tells you everything you need to know to apply.

Can you help us make a meaningful impact on the environment?

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. We are looking to support ideas 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. Read on below to find out more about eligible projects, the submission criteria and how to apply. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us using the link at the bottom of this page or call us on 0333 4330 370.

What projects are we looking to fund?

To successfully apply for the Ecosurety Exploration Fund you will need to ensure that your project meets our submission criteria. Please click the button below and carefully read the full guidance.
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Successful projects must:

1. Reduce the environmental impact of packaging, batteries or WEEE through innovation or research

We are interested in ideas that could go on to have a bigger impact beyond the funded project and your idea 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Improving UK recycling of waste batteries

2. Have a measurable impact

It is essential that you are able to measure and report on the impact of your project. We appreciate 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.

3. Be completed within 12 months of receiving the funding

Funds will be released in May 2020 and the project should be completed by May 2021.

4. Require up to £150,000

Whilst we expect the maximum amount requested for any single project to be £150,000, there is no minimum.

We are equally interested in projects with a £10,000 budget for example, and all submissions will be carefully considered. Assessing the potential impact vs project budget will be a key consideration by our judging panel.

5. If required, have already secured any additional funding the project requires 

We proactively encourage collaboration. If your project requires additional funding it must be secured to ensure that your project is proceedable.

6. Be unique

We are especially interested in new ideas and approaches that can help solve existing problems. 

7. Be UK based

Applicants, those leading the project and the project itself must be based in the UK.

 

When can you apply?

Entry submissions are open from 9.00am on 28 November 2019 and will close at 11.59pm on 10 March 2020. Other important dates: Shortlisting will take place during March and April 2020. Final judging will take place on 21 April 2020 and the winners will be announced in May 2020 when the first traunch of funding is released.

Who will select the successful projects?

The entries will be rigorously assessed with winners selected by some of the preeminent minds working in the industry today, including major producers and independent industry experts.
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A rigorous judging process

The entries will be judged by an esteemed panel comprised of five independent industry experts and five leading producers - major brands who place packaging, batteries or EEE onto the UK market.

Judging will be a rigorous two-stage process, including an initial assessment by Ecosurety to determine a shortlist, followed by a judging day where entries will be discussed and evaluated by our independent panel in detail to decide the final winners. The confirmed judging panel so far is displayed below and will be updated regularly.

 

Peter Maddox

Director, WRAP

Peter Maddox joined WRAP in 2006 and became Director in 2016. He has worked on the market development of recycled materials, built WRAP’s strategy and planning function, and managed their resource efficiency programmes for Defra.

He developed WRAP’s new business strategy around a circular economy framework, and in 2015 established the Resource London partnership with the London Waste and Recycling Board. As Director, he is responsible for their work on food, textiles, plastics and recycling in the UK.

Libby Peake

Senior Policy Advisor, Green Alliance

Libby joined Green Alliance in 2017 as Senior Policy Advisor, an independent think tank and charity focused on ambitious leadership for the environment.

She previously spent nearly ten years as an editor at Resource Media, an environmental publishing and communications company aiming to lead discussions around sustainability and resource use. She edited the company’s flagship magazine, Resource, as well as overseeing the company’s daily news site. 

 

 

 Mike Barry

 

Mike Barry

Sustainable change maker and former Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A) at Marks and Spencer

Mike is a charismatic and well respected sustainability leader who led the Marks & Spencer Plan A sustainable strategy.

A passionate believer that we need a fundamentally different way to do business, one that's good for customers, colleagues, citizens, communities, society and planet alike, but equally passionate that this change won't just happen because we want it to happen, we must make it so.

How do you apply?

To apply for funding you must complete an online application form and submit a project plan, a budget and a two minute video. Click below to find out more and to submit your application.
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“We are just waking up to the problems caused by our throwaway society in the UK and the inadequacy of our recycling systems. Finding new solutions to the old problems associated with waste packaging, batteries and electricals will prove absolutely vital – and I look forward to seeing what ideas are out there.” Judging panel member Libby Peake Photo Judging panel member Libby Peake Senior policy advisor, Green Alliance

What are the terms and conditions?

Please carefully read the fund terms and conditions if you are applying. They clearly explain the process and what is required of successful applicants.
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"The move to a circular economy for packaging, e-waste and batteries requires innovative and bold new thinking. Harnessing new designs, technologies and ideas will ensure that our own recycling infrastructure continues to develop whilst solutions to minimise the wider environmental impacts of these products are also found. The Ecosurety Exploration Fund will provide a much-needed springboard for pioneering ideas in this sector, and I’m excited to be a part of the panel." Peter Maddox Photo Peter Maddox Director, WRAP

Any questions?

We recognise the amount of effort that goes into a funding submission. Therefore we strongly recommend that you get in touch to ask any questions you may have, or to clarify details you are unsure of, before you apply. Our team will be more than happy to help guide you. Please send us an email by clicking the button below or call us on 0333 4330 370.
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"Ecosurety remains committed to boosting recycling rates in the UK as well as playing its part in the transition to a circular waste economy. We encourage all organisations with eligible projects to apply to the Ecosurety Exploration Fund and look forward to reviewing the entries." James Piper Photo James Piper CEO, Ecosurety