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EPSRC Support By Theme

Capability Themes
EPSRC’s support for excellent, long-term disciplinary and multidisciplinary research, in engineering and the physical sciences.

Please Note: Challenge theme funding that is delivered by the Capability themes is excluded from the table below.

National Capability ThemeNumber of GrantsProportional Value (£)
Engineering432 307,853,230
Information and Communication Technologies453 360,974,044
Mathematical Sciences390 226,144,790
Physical Sciences532 489,068,208
Research Infrastructure212 129,068,851

Total Number of Grants: 2,019
Total Value of Grants: £1,513,109,122

Challenge Themes
EPSRC’s support for research to help solve some of the most serious global, economic and societal challenges facing the UK.

The grants values listed below include Challenge theme funding that is delivered by the Capability themes.

Challenge ThemeNumber of GrantsProportional Value (£)
Digital Economy47 54,728,107
Energy168 181,254,258
Global Uncertainties14 9,622,309
Healthcare Technologies214 255,738,253
Living with Environmental Change2 1,146,393
Manufacturing the Future130 209,319,747
Quantum Technologies68 167,329,026

Total Number of Grants: 643
Total Value of Grants: £879,138,094

Non Theme Specific Funding
Some types of funding (large training awards such as the Doctoral Training Accounts or Institutional type awards) cannot be easily and immediately (at the time of award) attributed to individual Capability or Challenge themes. However, to allow a fuller comparison of the funding portfolio by theme, the value and number of such awards, are reported in this table. Where possible, the funding listed in this table will be attributed to individual Capability and Challenge themes in due course.

Non Theme SpecificNumber of GrantsValue (£)
103 62,621,304