The aim of the State Prize for Smart Packaging, which is awarded by the Federal Ministry for Digitalization and Business Location together with the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, is to do justice to the growing importance of holistic, comprehensive solutions in the packaging sector and to honor exemplary, integrated packaging developments that meet not only functional requirements but also sustainability aspects. Furthermore, the numerous functionalities of packaging should be brought closer to the public and the image and international competitiveness of the Austrian packaging industry should be strengthened.
Producers, users and designers of packaging materials, packaging aids, packaging materials, packaging as sales aids, displays, packaging systems and packaging related products are eligible to participate. Submissions that fall under the term packaging in a broader sense are also admitted, provided that they are made of materials that are commonly used for packaging, regardless of their intended use.
The award is presented every two years in the B2B and B2C categories. In addition, a special prize is awarded by the ARA for resource conservation and waste avoidance.