The Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Inviting Applications for $1 million Circular Design Challenge to inspire creatives to design solutions for plastics packaging to stay in the economy, and out of the environment and $1 million Circular Materials Challenge to find new materials with the potential to be used in packaging films for consumer products, and be collected, sorted and recycled or composted in commonly used recycling infrastructures.

Donor Name: The Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Funding name: The New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize

Funding brief: The New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and was launched in collaboration with HRH The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit. The Prize is funded by Wendy Schmidt, Lead Philanthropic Partner of the New Plastics Economy Initiative.

Categories: The Circular Design Challenge seeks to inspire creatives to design solutions for plastics packaging to stay in the economy, and out of the environment. The Circular Design Challenge, led by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation and hosted by OpenIDEO, is calling upon a global community to submit ideas, innovations, and new technologies with the potential to transform the plastics economy. Participants are encouraged to collaboratively share data, stories and insights during the Research Phase, and post solutions and share prototypes during the Ideas Phase.

Participants may apply for any of the following categories:
● $1 million Circular Design Challenge: entries/entrants will likely include:
● Tier 1: Early ideas (up to ten awards of $10,000 each) Entries will likely include:
      ● Ideas that have emerged from, and that have been iterated and refined during, the Competition;
      ● Demonstration of active collaboration with other Entrants throughout the duration of the Competition; and
      ● Exploration of ideas, and gathering of inspiration and information needed to test them with real users – ideas that are in need of additional support to become “accelerator ready”.
Entrants are likely to include (but not exclusively be):
      ● Student groups, e.g. Bachelor / Master / PHD students;
      ● Small-scale inventors and entrepreneurs; and
      ● Individual or small teams of designers and innovators.
● Tier 2: Early to mid-stage Accelerator Ready ideas (up to three awards of $100,000 each) Entries will likely include:
      ● Ideas that are likely to have emerged prior to the start of the Competition by individuals/teams who have been working on them for a number months, and are likely to be worked on extensively throughout the Competition timeline (see clause 3), in order to reach the next level of viability; and
      ● Concepts that are well developed, have high scaling potential, are in the early stages of prototyping/testing/experimenting and plans are in place to actively test them with prospective users.
      ● Solutions that may have been begun to be implemented as a whole with a first set of test users.
Entrants are likely to include (but not exclusively be):
● Inventors;
● Early stage start-ups; and
● Small design groups / firms.

● Tier 3: Advanced Accelerator Ready ideas (up to three awards of $200,000 each)
Entries will likely include:
      ● Ideation: ideas that have been worked on for a year or more prior to the start of the Competition;
      ● concepts that are well developed with working schematics and prototypes, in relation to which active testing with real users has begun, while the solution is still being learnt from, and iterated on; and
      ● Pilots which have been tested, and have had their impact analysed as it pertains to the problem scope. Concepts that are scalable and are now ready to be expanded significantly and begun to be scaled.
      ● Business models for solutions which have been developed, or have begun to be developed. This will include identifying key customer segments, noting relevant partnerships, developing a go-to-market strategy, and have begun to have their financials drafted.
Entrants are likely to include (but not exclusively be):
● Groups that are ready to transition to their ideas on a full-time basis;
● Small design groups / firms; and
● Early to mid-stage start-ups.

● $1 million Circular Materials Challenge: As part of the New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is asking the question how can we make all plastic packaging recyclable? Addressing one of the most difficult to recycle packaging material classes, the Circular Materials Challenge is seeking alternatives to non-recyclable multi-material films used in packaging. They aim to find new materials with the potential to be used in packaging films for consumer products, and be collected, sorted and recycled or composted in commonly used recycling infrastructures. They are open to all opportunities from early stage to more mature innovations that, with further development, could be manufactured at scale. Plastics Economy participant organizations, to advance their innovations and demonstrate that their materials have the potential to be a viable alternative to non-recyclable multi-material laminated packaging.

Deadline:
● 
Circular Design Challenge:
      ● Research Phase, 18 May – 11 June 2017
      ● Ideas Phase, on or around 12 June – 30 July
      ● Internal Feedback Phase, on or around 31 July – 6 August
      ● Refinement Phase, on or around 7 August – 3 September
      ● Judging and Award Announcement Phase, on or around 4 September – 18 September

● Circular Materials Challenge:
      ● Phase 1: ‘Identify New Solutions’ – Proposal Submission by 20 Oct 2017 at 5:00pm US EDT
      ● Phase 2: ‘Accelerate New Solutions’: Up to 5 winners start the New Plastics Economy Accelerator Programme by January, 2018

Funding details link: https://newplasticseconomy.org/innovation-prize

Funding limit:
● Circular Design Challenge: The Competition has three award categories as follows:
● Tier 1: Early ideas (up to ten awards of $10,000 each). Award Winners will have proposed truly new ideas, ideally through collaboration, but have a long journey ahead of them to turn their ideas into fully-fledged solutions.
● Tier 2: Early to mid-stage Accelerator Ready ideas (up to three awards of $100,000 each). Award Winners will have ideas with high potential, but are in need of continued development and guidance.
● Tier 3: Advanced Accelerator Ready ideas (up to three awards of $200,000 each). Award Winners are advanced innovators, well positioned to use the award to further accelerate their solutions.

● Circular Materials Challenge: Up to 5 winners will receive $200,000 and exclusive access to a 12-month acceleration programme.

Project start date: Not Found

 Project duration:
● 
Circular Design Challenge: Not Found
● Circular Materials Challenge: Winners will receive $200,000 and exclusive access to a 12-month acceleration programme, with the opportunity to receive mentoring and support from New

Eligible organization: As below

 Eligibility:
● 
Circular Design Challenge:
● The Competition is open to all individuals over the age of 18 and to all validly formed legal entities which are permitted to participate by their governing documents. Directors, trustees, employees and family members of the Sponsors, the Judges Panel, and any of their respective affiliates and subsidiaries are not eligible to enter this Competition.
● Responses from companies (small to large), students, academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs or inventors are welcome.
● Circular Materials Challenge: They are open to all opportunities from early stage to more mature innovations that, with further development, could be manufactured at scale.

Submission mail: N/A

Other important link:
● 
$1 million Circular Design Challenge: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/circular-design/brief
● Guideline (Circular Design Challenge): https://d3gxp3iknbs7bs.cloudfront.net/attachments/c4faae34-3c15-484b-93f2-36f1366ce07f.pdf
● Apply (Circular Design Challenge): https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/circular-design/research
● $1 million Circular Materials Challenge: https://ninesights.ninesigma.com/web/circular-materials
● Guideline (Circular Materials Challenge): https://ninesights.ninesigma.com/documents/17025472/0/Circular+Material+Challenge+-+Technical+Brief+FINAL.pdf/f40d0a75-5191-4d93-bf0c-8489ba8bd1a0
● Apply (Circular Materials Challenge): https://ninesights.ninesigma.com/web/circular-materials/home?p_p_state=maximized&p_p_mode=view&saveLastPath=false&_58_struts_action=%2Flogin%2Flogin&p_p_id=58&p_p_lifecycle=0&_58_redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fninesights.ninesigma.com%2Fweb%2Fcircular-materials%2Fhome%2F-%2Fgc-portlet%2FcreateGCResponse%2F3201%3F_GCResponsePortlet_WAR_GCPortletsportlet_redirectBack%3D%2Fweb%2Fcircular-materials

How to apply:
● 
Interested applicant may apply through the website (https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/circular-design-challenge/brief) And (https://ninesights.ninesigma.com/web/circular-materials/home?p_p_state=maximized&p_p_mode=view&saveLastPath=false&_58_struts_action=%2Flogin%2Flogin&p_p_id=58&p_p_lifecycle=0&_58_redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fninesights.ninesigma.com%2Fweb%2Fcircular-materials%2Fhome%2F-%2Fgc-portlet%2FcreateGCResponse%2F3201%3F_GCResponsePortlet_WAR_GCPortletsportlet_redirectBack%3D%2Fweb%2Fcircular-materials).

 

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