Plastics Innovation Challenge

Deadline: April 22, 2020

R&D funding opportunity to develop technologies to overcome challenges of plastic waste

In November, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Plastics Innovation Challenge, a comprehensive program to accelerate innovations in energy-efficient plastics recycling technologies. This funding opportunity, "BOTTLE: Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment," supports high-impact R&D for plastics by developing new plastics that are capable of efficient recyclability and improving recycling strategies that can break existing plastics into chemical building blocks that can be used to make higher-value products.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports high-impact technology research and development (R&D) to enable the development of technologies that overcome the challenges associated with plastic waste.

Topic Areas include:

1) Highly Recyclable or Biodegradable Plastics: develop new plastics that have improved performance attributes over a comparable existing plastic that can be cost-effectively recycled or biodegrade completely in the environment or in compost facilities.

2) Novel Methods for Deconstructing and Upcycling Existing Plastics: generate energy efficient recycling technologies (mechanical, chemical, or biological) that are capable of breaking plastic streams into intermediates which can be upgraded into higher value products.

3) BOTTLE Consortium Collaborations to Tackle Challenges in Plastic Waste: create collaborations with the Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE) Laboratory Consortium to further the long-term goals of the Consortium and the Plastics Innovation Challenge.

Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/22/2020 5:00 PM ET
Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/18/2020 5:00 PM ET
View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/26/2020 5:00 PM ET – 7/29/2020 5:00 PM ET

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