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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 (£)
Engineering513 376,526,214
Information and Communication Technologies474 347,507,525
Mathematical Sciences233 105,423,982
Physical Sciences736 541,352,398
Research Infrastructure388 252,287,696

Total Number of Grants: 2,344
Total Value of Grants: £1,623,097,816


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 Economy117 87,154,069
Energy285 336,023,388
Global Uncertainties73 42,855,229
Healthcare Technologies318 283,239,733
Living with Environmental Change16 13,248,894
Manufacturing the Future278 359,271,504
Quantum Technologies58 271,716,111

Total Number of Grants: 1,145
Total Value of Grants: £1,393,508,929


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 (£)
79 73,807,904