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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 (£)
Engineering465 325,395,786
Information and Communication Technologies484 384,638,224
Mathematical Sciences449 241,955,495
Physical Sciences565 509,843,124
Research Infrastructure273 176,719,960

Total Number of Grants: 2,236
Total Value of Grants: £1,638,552,590

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 Economy52 58,125,694
Energy185 198,608,929
Global Uncertainties17 10,041,633
Healthcare Technologies209 260,601,802
Living with Environmental Change3 1,347,753
Manufacturing the Future146 250,088,331
Quantum Technologies72 169,026,454

Total Number of Grants: 684
Total Value of Grants: £947,840,596

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